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New Warnings Over Using Property For Pensions

New Warnings Over Using Property For Pensions

Relying On Property To Fund Pension Is Not A Good Idea Warn Experts

3.5 million property owners plan to rent out, downsize or sell properties to get enough money in the bank to pay for their retirement according to a survey by an asset management specialist.

However, pension experts are warning that people could be risking poverty in retirement because of the volatile nature of the property market, especially if they were forced to sell properties as values fell.

The research, by Barings Asset Management, discovered that 16% of the UK workforce would be relying on property sales to provide them with all or some of their pension pots, an increase of 13% from 2013 and the highest reported figure since 2009.

Soaring residential property prices are the reason behind the trend. Last week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said average UK residential property prices were up 11.7% in the year to the end of July to £272,000 (GBP).

The biggest rise was 19.1% observed in London.

The hard hitting story was first published by the Express newspaper earlier this week, with warnings from financial advisors that property investment was a dangerous game to play.

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Is The Mortgage Market Review Slowing The UK Property Market?

Is The Mortgage Market Review Slowing The UK Property Market?

Is The Mortgage Market Review Slowing The UK Property Market?

The number of new mortgages being approved by lenders dropped to an 11 month low in May 2014 as the new affordability rules brought in by the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) caused borrowers to be put off and delayed hundreds of existing mortgage applications.

The Mortgage Market Review brought in on the 26th April 2014 requires all UK based mortgage lenders to carry out rigorous affordability checks on the financial status of borrowers.

These stringent affordability checks include stress tests designed to determine if a borrower could continue to repay their loan if interest rates rise significantly.

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UK Property Rental Prices Reach New Record High

UK Property Rental Prices Reach New Record High

UK Property Rental Prices Reach New Record High

Latest figures show that the new national average property rental price being advertised has reached a whopping £1,006 (GBP) per calendar month (pcm).

This is the first time ever that the national average property rental price has broken the 4 figure ceiling barrier in the UK.

The increase in the national average property rental price has been attributed to continued growth of the London and South East property markets.

Property rental prices being advertised in central London have reached £2,300 (GBP) per month, the highest recorded rental average apart from during the Olympic’s in the summer of 2012.

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UK Property Market Bubble Warning

UK Property Market Bubble Warning

OECD Warn About Sustainability Of UK Property Market

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned about the sustainability of the UK property market as residential property prices gain more upward momentum across the UK, and continue surging phenomenally in London, prompting growing fear of another property market bubble, as the UK economy continues to recover from the financial crisis in 2008.

A property market bubble occurs when property prices become so over inflated that they become unsustainable and the market collapses

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) also aired concern saying that they are on high alert about the property market in London and the South East of England as house prices surge.

The Bank of England are said to be monitoring the situation, however BOE policy maker, Ben Broadbent reckons there’s no need for alarm over the UK property market as they have already curtailed incentives for home loans through the Funding for Lending Scheme.

Rising property prices are a good thing, they are a good indicator of the overall health of a nation’s economy, and the current government are confident that prices will continue to rise, hence the introduction of financial incentives such as the Help To Buy scheme, encouraging property buyers with loans or guaranteed underwritten mortgages, allowing them to gain a stake in the UK property market.

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Help-To-Buy Scheme Could Threaten UK Housing Market

Help-To-Buy Scheme Could Threaten UK Housing Market

The Help To Buy Scheme Could Be Scaled Back Amid Concerns That The UK Property Market Could Be Heading
For Another Property Bubble

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that the Bank of England are being vigilant on UK house price rises and they would intervene if the situation becomes necessary.

The Chancellor’s comments come after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the booming UK property market could threaten the economic recovery of the country.

Possible action could include reigning back the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme, which enables people with only a small deposit to take out a mortgage.

In a report the OECD said that “The UK should introduce measures to address the risks of excessive house price inflation, as property values now significantly exceed long-term averages relative to rents and household incomes. Access to the Help to Buy scheme should be tightened, and buyers should be required to put down bigger deposits for mortgages”.

In response to the report, Mr Osborne said: “I’ve said we should be vigilant about the housing market and this Government has given the Bank of England the power and the tools to do what they felt needed to be done to help to contribute to building a resilient economy in an independent way”.

The Help to Buy scheme enables the Government to place a second charge on properties purchased under the scheme, allowing them to have some degree of profitability and allow them a small degree of control over the UK property market.

People buying property worth up to £600,000 (GBP) using a deposit of just 5% may be grateful of the Government’s help but many fail to realise the full implications of the scheme, or spot the Government tactic of controlling properties.

The Government either top up the purchasers 5% deposit with 20% of the property’s value or it will underwrite a portion of the debt allowing lenders to advance purchasers with high loan-to-value mortgages that the Government guarantee.

The £600,000 (GBP) upper limit of the Help-To-Buy scheme has been widely criticised for being too high, however, recent figures show that the average cost of a property bought using the scheme was just £148,000 (GBP).

Concerns are rife that another property bubble may be formed in the UK property market following a continuing run of positive house price trends.

Mortgage lender, Nationwide recently reported that property values had risen by 10.9% during the last 12 months, the first time annual house price inflation has reached double figures since April 2010.

Data from the Land Registry also shows that average property prices in London have already surpassed the previous 2007 peak.

Recent property price increases have caused the typical average cost of residential property in the UK to rise to £262,770 (GBP), according to Zoopla.

New regulations to control borrowing were introduced at the end of April 2014 to ensure prospective property owners are not risking taking on too much debt.

Under the Mortgage Market Review, lenders are required to carry out stringent affordability checks, including making sure borrowers can continue to meet the mortgage repayments if and when interest rates rise.

However, data on the number of mortgage approvals for residential property purchases appear to suggest that the market may be moderating, with the Bank of England reporting a dip in loan approvals for the second consecutive month during March 2014.

 

Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

London Property Prices Increase
More Than 10% In October

Average UK property prices increased by 2.8% across the country in October, however property price rises in London are going through the roof and are unsustainable, according to property portal Rightmove

London property prices increased by £50,484 (GBP) equivalent to a 10.2% increase in October, after two consecutive monthly falls in the price of properties marketed.

Property prices in the Capital had fallen by -2.8% and -1.5% in August and September respectively, and the double digit price increases reported in October has analysts worried about the volatility and sustainability of the London property market.

The huge rise in London property prices has been attributed to corresponding factors;

  • Lack of supply of residential properties coming to market
  • Overseas investment in new build properties by foreign property investors

October’s strong recovery means London property prices are now 5.6% or £28,852(GBP) up on July’s all-time high of £515,379 (GBP), pushing the year-on-year increase in London to +13.8% or £66,161(GBP).

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Help To Buy Scheme Could Cause New Property Bubble

Help To Buy Scheme Could Cause New Property Bubble

Critics Warn Help To Buy Scheme Will Cause New Property Bubble

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has launched the second phase of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme and laid out the terms of a programme that will underwrite UK residential property purchases up to the value of £600,000 (GBP) following a meeting with mortgage lenders and house-builders.

A number of groups, however, have warned that, if this scheme is allowed to drive up house prices in the UK, it will cause another property ‘bubble’ and encourage people to take on huge mortgages.

George Osborne is hopeful that the terms of the scheme will prevent another property bubble, as there are now strict income checks and other lending criteria imposed by mortgage lenders and the loan scheme will not be allowed to be used by purchasers to acquire second homes.

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UK Property Prices Rise Most in Six Years

UK Property Prices Rise Most in Six Years

Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK residential property prices have increased by 0.4% in May 2013, the biggest monthly increase since May 2007, as, according to Hometrack Ltd, a shortage of available residential properties boosted average property values in London.

Average residential property prices in England and Wales have seen a gradual increase in value during the last six months with property prices increasing gradually, while London property prices have jumped 0.9% over the same timeframe.

Demand for residential property in the capital has surged 15% in the past six months alone, while supply of available properties has fallen 0.6%.

Richard Donnell, Director of Research at Hometrack said, “The impetus for rising house prices is originating almost exclusively from London and the South East. Elsewhere housing market conditions are improving gradually, with prices trending slowly upwards.”

The Government initiative to ease the strict lending conditions set by lenders has improved the overall health of the UK property market but the Funding for Lending scheme needs to be backed by more solid initiatives.

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Which is the best residential property price index?

Which is the best residential property price index?

If you are a property investor looking to conduct thorough due diligence before purchasing property, which of the conflicting reports from different monthly house price indexes do you rely on?

Below is a quick overview of the four main index providers, provided by Quick Move Now!, along with some handy notes for how to interpret their data, and a comparison of their reporting of residential property prices during 2012 

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Average Residential Property will cost

 £267,000 by 2018

Average UK Residential Property Prices Increase

Average UK Residential Property Prices Increase

Average UK residential property prices for 2014

are estimated to be 2.3% higher than in 2007

Forecasts from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggest that a typical residential property in the UK will cost an average of £227,000 (GBP) in 2014, overtaking the average peak price of residential property observed at the height of the housing bubble in 2007, for the first time.

The CEBR also predict that the average residential property price will be £222,000 (GBP) by the end of this year, 1.4% higher than average property prices reached in 2012.

By 2018, the CEBR expect the cost of a typical residential property in the UK to average £267,000 (GBP).

In 2014, the CEBR estimate that the Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme could raise UK property prices by up to 0.8% without having any appreciable impact on the current housing supply.

However, if the upward trend in residential property prices continues, it could lead to an additional 4,800 residential properties being built in 2015.

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