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Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties
As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants looking to rent in the UK’s private rented sector face competition from other would be tenants as demand increases and supply contracts, according the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

ARLA’s latest report has discovered that 68% of landlords surveyed reported more interested tenants than available rental properties.

This is the largest successive increase in tenant demand in the last 12 months, with tenant demand figures up from 46% in Q3 2013, 54% in Q1 2014, 59% in Q2 2014; meaning an increase of 9% between the second and third quarters of the year to date.

The tenant demand data is reinforced by the fact that supply of suitable rental properties in the private rental sector has decreased in the last quarter, with ARLA letting agent members recording a 6% drop in the average number of managed Buy To Let properties on their books, down from 143 to 135 per member agency.

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Record University Applications Are Good News For Student Property Investors

Record University Applications Are Good News For Student Property Investors

Record University Applications Are Good News
For Student Property Investors

 Current and prospective student property investors have been delighted to see university applications hit record levels. According to a report from UCAS, this year saw a 4% increase in the number of applications, signalling a likely increase in demand for student property.

The increase in applications – which forms part of a continuing upward trend – comes in spite of the fact that there were fewer 18 year olds amongst the UK population this year. The rise shows that more and more people are looking towards higher education after leaving school and college. By the deadline on January 15th, UCAS had received applications from roughly 580,000 18 year olds. This represents approximately 35% of all 18 year olds in the UK.

Student numbers took a serious hit a few years ago, after a high-profile hike which saw tuition fees almost tripled. However, since that time student numbers have been gradually increasing again and have now essentially recovered from the blow.

The higher education sector has enjoyed something of a rebirth as a result, and university-level qualifications remain highly desirable.

According to Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of UCAS, there is “a remarkably persistent growth in demand for higher education” which is illustrated by these recent figures. She went on to display that the increased demand could be seen universally. It applies to applications for all institutions, and from students of all backgrounds and groups. Demand was also increasing regardless of tuition fee differences, suggesting that this factor is now not hindering university applications in the way it did immediately following the hike.

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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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Demand May Outstrip Supply As Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Demand May Outstrip Supply As Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Demand May Outstrip Supply As Mortgage Lenders Brace For Help-To-Buy Stampede

Over 600,000 residential properties are eligible for the £12 Billion (GBP) scheme, while Zoopla says buyers will still need average £10,000 (GBP) deposit

More than 600,000 residential properties on the market are eligible for inclusion in the £12 Billion (GBP) second phase of the Help-To-Buy scheme, according to the latest in a series of surveys leading to predictions that UK mortgage lenders will be inundated due to the expected demand for the government-backed mortgages.

Details of the 95% mortgages, which are available to existing property owners as well as first-time buyers, are to be unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, with some banks expected to invite loan applications within hours of the announcement expected next week.

The second phase of the Government’s flagship scheme to allow more first-time buyers and second steppers, wider access to the UK’s residential property market has already been brought forward by three months, with high street bank Santander claiming that up to 1.7 million people want to use the scheme.

The Help-To-Buy scheme will cover existing residential properties as well as new-build properties, but as yet there are no plans to allow Buy-To-Let property investors use the scheme.

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Property In The North Is Cheaper

Property In The North Is Cheaper

North of England Leading The Way
For Renting Property

Renting property is more affordable in Northern regions of the UK as property prices in some areas stretch beyond of the reach of the average earnings of first-time and next-time buyers.

Chichester is the least affordable place to buy or rent property in the UK, whereas Hull and Belfast are the most affordable.

Middlesbrough, Dudley and Wolverhampton have the most affordable rental markets in the UK with 99% of properties within an average working couple’s budget.

The North-South divide is still prevalent in the UK property market with the most affordable properties located in the North of the country, where first-time and next-time buyers in full-time employment have the largest pool of properties within budget to choose from

Rental prices in East Anglia and the South East of England are among the highest in the UK according to analysts as these areas outperform the rest of the country, due to high tenant demand.

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UK Buy-To-Let landlords experience a stable 3rd quarter of 2012

  • 91% of UK Buy-To-Let landlords think that tenant demand in the UK is either stable or increasing.

    Rental Yields Up, Tenant Demand Up - UK landlords Are Happy!

    Rental Yields Up, Tenant Demand Up – UK landlords Are Happy!

The findings come from the latest Paragon Mortgages PRS Trend survey and a huge number of landlords surveyed reckon that tenant demand was either stable or growing.

  • Only 6% of landlords who took part in the survey said that, in their opinion, tenant demand was declining.

Landlords also reported an average property portfolio size of 12.5 properties in the third quarter. In terms of expectations, landlords anticipate this will increase to 12.9 properties in 12 months’ time.

  • Stable and healthy yields were achieved in the third quarter, with a reported average of 6.2%.
  • Professional landlords achieved a higher average yield than smaller-scale landlords, 6.6% compared to 5.2%.
  • Landlords are expecting to retain a stable yield for the foreseeable future, forecasting an average of 6.2% in 12 months’ time.

68% of landlords who agreed to take part in the survey said that their rental income had remained the same during the third quarter, whilst 27% said that rents had increased, just 5% of landlords had experienced a decrease in rent.

The average void period slightly increased to 2.8 weeks compared to 2.7 weeks in the 2nd quarter of the year, however void periods continue to remain low and have not exceeded three weeks since mid-2010.

Landlords are set to continue expanding their property investments in the final quarter of the year, with 16% planning to expand their rental property portfolios.

  • 58% are expecting to buy flats/maisonettes or terraced houses
  • 30% semi-detached houses
  • 21% are looking to buy detached properties.

John Heron, Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages, said: “It has been a stable quarter for landlords. Yields have remained healthy and at a consistent level for the past 12 months. It is not surprising that landlords are continuing to see high levels of tenant demand and I suspect this will continue into Q4 and the coming year. The PRS is under increasing strain with the growing shortage of homes in the UK, housing policy needs to focus more on motivating private landlords to grow their portfolios to better meet demand.”

UK residential property values have seen the first monthly rise since three months ago.

A new report by mortgage lender Nationwide found that UK property valuations showed a modest increase of 0.3% in May compared with previous months, after April’s figures recorded a 0.3% fall.

The low volume of residential properties up for sale is sustaining the price increase, according to the mortgage lender.

UK property valuations are still 0.7% lower than they were this time in 2011, meaning the average asking price is £166,022.

This reduction is smaller than the 0.9% year-on-year drop recorded in March and April, said the Nationwide.

Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide said “Demand for homes remains subdued on the back of weak labour market conditions, but the lack of homes coming on the market is providing support for prices. This is in part a reflection of the low rate of building in recent years which has failed to keep pace with household formation”.

The mortgage lender’s findings also showed that consumer demand for residential property outweighs the supply due to rising rent costs as a result of people staying in rented accommodation in the PRS because they are unable to raise the deposit or secure a mortgage to purchase a home of their own.

Residential property prices across the UK slumped in April, according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) housing market survey.

Across the UK, 19% more chartered surveyors reported property valuation falls rather than rises in house prices.

Expectations for future residential property prices also reached their lowest point with a net balance of 17% more respondents predicting further drops.

Demand from potential buyers was relatively flat during April 2012 as 5% more surveyors reported increases rather than decreases in new buyer enquiries (from +10% in March).

Meanwhile new instructions were stable as 1% more respondents reported falls rather than rises in new residential properties coming up for sale. Whilst the trend may appear flat, the level of supply has not seen any significant drops since July 2011.

April’s property transaction levels entered negative territory for the first time since September 2011, as 6% more RICS surveyors across the UK reported decreases rather than increases in transaction levels.

London was the only part of the UK to observe a residential property prices rise, while the West Midlands and Wales saw the most significant declines.

Whilst the RICS predictions for future property prices saw a notable dip, expectations for transaction levels once again remained positive with a net balance of +15% more respondents expecting sales to rise over the coming three months.

Global Director for Residential Property at RICS, Peter Bolton King, says: “With the recent surge in activity brought on by March’s stamp duty holiday coming to an end, it is unsurprising to see that prices across much of the country are continuing to fall. Renewed concerns over the economy and talk of a double dip recession dominating the headlines in recent weeks may well have served to undermine consumer confidence. What’s more, the continuing lack of affordable mortgage finance is still hindering many first time buyers who cannot afford to get a foot on the property ladder.”

More UK landlords are needed to house increasing tenant demand

More UK landlords are needed to house increasing tenant demand

Attention investor landlords! Now, more than ever, your country needs you!

New data released by property website Rightmove, has shown that 63% of tenants who are currently in Private Rented Sector (PRS) residential properties expect rents to rise.

The number of tenants who expect rents to go up in the next 12 months is at a record high.

Rightmove’s data was gathered following a poll of 5,567 people who are currently renting or expecting to do so in the near future.

The survey found evidence of long-term demand, with over 33% of tenants expecting to be renting for three years or longer. This is the highest it has been since Rightmove began its consumer surveys three years ago.

With six out of ten tenants forecasting that their rents will be higher in 12 months’ time, the company said that tenants’ views were not so much music to landlords’ ears as the ‘sound of tenants crying for help’.

Although search activity by people looking for a place to rent has more than doubled in the last two years, available rental stock listed on the site is down by nearly 10%.

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said: “Attention investor landlords! Now, more than ever, your country needs you! As well as potentially earning a good return on your investment compared to other asset classes, private landlords can help provide a long-term rented roof over a grateful tenant’s head. While hard-nosed rental investors may not welcome the appearance of too many new landlords if it results in downward pressure on rents, if you invest wisely it seems to be a genuine win-win of good rental yields for landlords and a secure stream of tenants paying a fair return.”

He warned that without a significant increase in rental supply, there is the danger of a rental bubble in some areas, with tenants having to commit too much of their disposable income and landlords ending up with arrears and voids.

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According to UK property transaction figures, the number of private residential property sales fell by 11,000 during 2011, continuing the property slump that has now lasted for 3 years,.

Statistics released by HM Revenue and Customs show UK residential property sales dropped to one of the lowest totals recorded, with just 869,000 residential properties sold last year compared to the 880,000 homes sold in 2010.

The slowdown in the housing market in recent years was most evident in 2009, when only 848,000 houses were sold, (about half the number of transactions recorded in a year before the financial crisis began).

The Bank of England (BoE)  said recently that it believes even more lenders will tighten their credit criteria in 2012 and it will be even harder for would be purchasers and property investors to get a mortgage, heightening concerns UK residential property sales could hit another record low this year.

The first-time buyer sector of the industry made an ever so slight slight recovery in recent months after dropping to a three-year low last autumn.

However, the recovery may prove temporary with the stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers closing in spring 2012.

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