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New Data Shows Residential Property Prices Are Still Climbing

New Data Shows Residential Property Prices Are Still Climbing

New Data Shows Residential Property Prices
Are Still Climbing

UK property prices are continuing to increase across all UK regions, according to the latest data published by the mortgage lender, Halifax.

The latest data gathered in a survey by the Halifax for February 2014, shows that residential property prices increased by 2.4% during the month, making average property prices 7.9% higher than they were in February 2013.

The growth in UK residential property prices over the last 12 months is the fastest annual pace of increase since October 2007 and means an average residential property in the UK now costs around £179,872 (GBP).

Residential house prices are increasing because of improving economic conditions in the UK and increased demand from frustrated buyers, encouraged by the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme offering first-time and next-step buyers cheaper mortgages.

A recent poll of 27 economists and analysts by news agency, Reuters suggested that residential property prices could increase by another 7% this year, led by activity in the London property market.

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More Severe Weather Warnings For UK Property Owners

More Severe Weather Warnings For UK Property Owners

Landlords Urged To Ensure Insurance Is Up To Date Before Severe Weather Hits Again

There was more bad news for property owners and landlords this week as the UK Meteorological Office (Met Office) has issued further severe weather warnings for the week ahead, bringing more misery for landlords and property owners in the South of England already seriously affected by flooding.

Met office staff have predicted a “Valentine’s Day Massacre” as the UK prepares to be battered by 80mph winds and more torrential rain on Friday 14th February, however there will be much more rain before then, with a slightly weaker weather front expected earlier in the week (Tuesday 11th – Wednesday 12th February).

Government departments, local authorities and agencies are working together to do everything they can to help communities at risk, but landlords are urged to check that they are adequately covered by specialist landlord insurance policies.

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Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests A Record Start To The Year

Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests A Record Start To The Year

Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests
A Record Start To The Year 

Confirmation that the UK’s residential property market has returned to health is the first data from Rightmove covering 2014 which suggests that the year ahead looks good for property!

The Rightmove House Price Index (HPI) of 2014 shows that property asking prices increased by 1% in January.

Property prices are traditionally subdued in the first month of the year, prices increased just 0.2% in January 2013 and have usually fallen by an average of 0.2% in the month of January over the last decade.

The number of properties coming to market and activity is also up as both estate agents and property vendors look to cash in on the increased confidence in the UK property market.

Year on year property asking prices are up 6.3%, the highest annual rate of increase since November 2007, before the onset of the UK’s credit crunch. 

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House Prices Officially Rising Across The UK

House Prices Officially Rising Across The UK

UK House Prices Rising Faster Than Inflation

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recorded year-on-year house price increases across the UK with property values increasing by:

  • 5.6% in England
  • 5.4% in Wales
  • 2.5% in Scotland
  • 3.3% in Northern Ireland

The increase in house prices and activity in the UK property market has been credited to an increase in first-time buyers (FTB) purchasing residential property using the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme.

The ONS have revealed that annual house price growth outpaced the cost of living in November 2013, even after removing property market activity in London and the South East of England from the calculations, property prices were up by an average of 3.1%, compared with a 2.1% rate of inflation.

Property price increases in the UK are generally driven by market activity and price increases in London and its surrounding areas, although other regions have started to show accelerating property price increases.

Property prices in London were up by 11.6% in November 2013, compared with a year earlier, and property prices have also increased strongly across the whole of the UK according to official figures

Regional Property Price Increases

  • London: up 11.6%
  • South East: up 4.5%
  • West Midlands: up 4.4%
  • North East: up 4.2%
  • East: up 4.1%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: up 3.2%
  • South West: up 3.1%
  • East Midlands: up 2%
  • North West: up 0.6%                           Source: ONS annual change, Nov 2013

UK regions are becoming far more buoyant and less reliant on activity in the London property market and the majority of buyers are having to look further afield than central locations to find affordable properties, creating a halo effect on property prices.

The annual increase in UK property prices in November follows on from the 5.5% rise observed in October 2013 and although the annual comparison did not show any acceleration, property prices were higher than the previous month increasing by 0.5% in November compared with October, with an average residential property valued at £248,000 (GBP).

The ONS house price index is based on mortgage completions, and is considered to be more comprehensive than House Price Indices (HPI) produced by mortgage lenders such as the Halifax and Nationwide whose figures are based on their own mortgage data.

Funding Boost For Government Build-To-Rent Plans

Funding Boost For Government Build-To-Rent Plans

Finance Secured To Build Thousands Of
Affordable Properties For Rental Purposes

Government housing minister Kris Hopkins has welcomed a deal that will release £500 Million (GBP) of additional funding to build new affordable residential properties in the UK.

The new investment finance has been secured through an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB), that will help deliver up to 4,300 new and affordable homes to rent in areas of the UK.

The funding is set to form part of the £3.5 Billion (GBP) Affordable Housing Guarantees programme, which enables housing associations to use Government guarantees to secure private investment at more competitive rates than they would otherwise be able to secure.

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More Auction Action For Property InvestorsEasier Access To Finance Increases The Number
Of Property Auction Purchases

There has been a sharp rise in the number of property investors snapping up property at auction and the reason has been credited to easier access to finance, as lenders report significant growth in lending, surpassing pre-property crash levels.

The number of properties sold at auction is booming as property investors seek to build rental property portfolios below market value (BMV), without breaking the bank.

There has been a huge increase in the number of loans that have been financed by specialist lenders over the past 12 months, with average loans increasing by more than 22% according to property finance lender, Auction Finance Limited.

The news comes as the latest Essential Information Group (EIG) figures show a seven year high for UK’s auction houses, with lots sold in October 2013 up by 30% compared to October 2012. These record figures have now surpassed pre-recession auction house transactions.

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Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Increasing property prices are not just a phenomenon belonging to London and the South-East of England, as new data from Nationwide shows that all UK regions are now enjoying increasing property prices as the property boom continues to gather pace.

Every region across the UK saw property prices increase year-on-year, ranging from a 14.9% annual increase in London to a 1.9% uplift in the North.

Nationwide reported that property values increased by an average of 8.4% across the whole of the UK in 2013, as the market revival became increasingly broad-based, but Manchester emerged as the property boom city, with property prices up by 21% over the last year, to reach an average value of £209,627 (GBP).

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Property Asking Prices Collapse In NovemberProperty Prices Rise At Fastest Rate For 6 Years…Or do they?

The asking price of property is supposed to be rising at the fastest rate for over 6 years, according to Rightmove, however, asking prices actually dropped by 2.4% during October, all but wiping out September’s 2.8% gain. This is the third dip in property prices in 2013.

UK property owners have raised the asking price for their properties by 4% compared to this time last year, marking the biggest annual rise in residential property prices since the financial crisis and property crash hit in 2007.

The average asking price that UK vendors want for residential property now averages around £246,237 (GBP), according to Rightmove, compared to £252,418 (GBP) in October.

It is worth pointing out that residential property asking prices usually fall by approximately 3% in November ahead of the festive season traditional slowdown.

So with residential property asking prices falling by just 2.4% in November suggests that the recent upturn in housing market activity will cushion the predictable seasonal drop.

Rightmove say that buyers still have a wide choice of property types to choose from as the UK property market is holding up relatively well for first-time buyers, as the number of flats and terraced properties on the market has declined more slowly than the number of detached and semi-detached properties this month.

Property prices in the East Midlands were 7.4% higher than they were in 2012, averaging £168,873 (GBP), outpacing property price rises in London.

The average asking price for a residential property in London is over three times greater than property values currently are in the East Midlands and asking prices in London have risen by 6.9% year-on-year, to reach a typical average value of £517,276 (GBP).

In fact residential property asking prices have increased across most UK regions apart from in the North, where residential property prices have dipped by 0.5% annually to average just £141,426 (GBP).

Property prices in Wales dropped by the smallest amount, down by 0.4% to reach a typical average of £165,110 (GBP), while desperate property vendors in London have dropped residential property asking prices by as much as 5% since October.

Rightmove said that traffic to its website has increased 30% in the last 12 months, a sure sign of growing demand from would-be property buyers. The property portal also said that the stock of unsold residential properties has fallen from an average of 71 per estate agency branch one year ago to 67.

Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside, said: “Estate agents expect a more buoyant 2014 as they pick up early signs of an increase in buyer interest and demand, so this side of Christmas could be the time for eager property buyers to hunt out keen property vendors and strike a deal. However, agents’ challenges differ wildly depending on local market conditions. While some are really concerned about future sales because of a lack of fresh vendors, others report vendors getting too brave too early on their asking price aspirations in less active parts of the country, potentially stifling a property market recovery before it has got going.”

The infographic below shows the increase and decreases in residential property asking prices in November 2013 compared to October.

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Source: Rightmove.co.uk

 

Where Will Property Investors Get The Best Return From In 5 Years Time?

Where Will Property Investors Get The Best Return From In 5 Years Time?

Where Will Property Investors Get The Best Return From In 5 Years Time?

Savills have released their UK property price predictions for the next 5 years identifying what they think are the best UK regions to purchase properties in based on expected Capital Gains.

Residential properties in the South East region are predicted to increase in value by as much as 31.9%, whilst the East of England could see property prices rise by 30.4%.

In the South West region of the UK, Savills expect property prices to jump by 29.4% with increases in property values not increasing by as much in more Northern parts of the UK.

According to the 5 year forecast, East-Midlands property prices could increase by as much as 24.6%, however, London property prices are only expected to rise by 24.4%.

West-Midlands property prices are also expected to increase by up to 23.4% according to the forecast, but property prices in Wales are only predicted to increase by 21%

The city of York in the Yorkshire & Humber region could expect property price rises around 20.5% according to Savills and over the Pennines in the North West, property prices are estimated to increase by 19.3% in next 5 years, as is also the case in Scotland.

North East property price predictions are the worst of the company’s forecast only expected to grow by 17.6% over the next 5 years.

The property price predictions do not appear to take into account the effect of the Help-To-Buy scheme on the UK property market, nor do they allow for the prospect of another property price bubble or even another huge property crash.

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Help-To-Buy scheme Is The Deal Of The Century For The Government Government Say Help-To-Buy Scheme Is Creating

 75 New Homeowners A Day

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has been defending the controversial Help-To-Buy scheme, stating publicly that the scheme is creating up to 75 new homeowners a day.

Over 2,000 first-time buyers have made offers on properties using the scheme and the Prime Minister is rubbing his hands with glee because there is a dark secret behind the incentive.

More than £369 Million (GBP) has been lent to new home owners, making the loan figures average £155,000 (GBP) per person. Wages will likely rise with inflation and so will mortgage rates, doing little for the financial security of working homeowners who will be trying hard to pay off the percentage stake in their property that is owed to the Government.

Mr Cameron insisted that the state-backed loans are helping hard working responsible people purchase residential property to live in, and he also dismissed fears over a new housing bubble and taxpayers helping the wealthy middle-classes as nonsense.

What he did not say was what the prospects are likely to be, for people buying property now using the Help-To-Buy scheme, in a few years time.

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