Is the UK turning into a rental economy?
Despite the fact that the first choice for many in the UK property market is to buy a property for the future, there are now signs that more and more people are looking to rent in the short to medium term. The Chartered Institute of Housing has today issued a report suggesting that those on incomes between £12,000 and £25,000 are stuck in between being eligible for social housing and been able to afford their own property.
In what has the potential to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, the fewer people who can afford to acquire their own property the more pressure this will place on the rental market and the more properties will come under the "buy to let" banner. This is despite the fact that many buy-to-let participants have fallen by the wayside after the credit crunch and the worldwide recession. However, there is also the UK phenomenon of a housing shortage which has been ongoing for decades and many people believe is one of the reasons why UK property is so expensive.
Despite the fact that the UK government recently announced a number of incentives for local authorities to build affordable housing this will take some time to kick in and more and more people will be forced to look at renting property before acquiring their own property in years to come.
House prices rise again in May
The UK housing market gained further momentum in May as average prices rose again month-on-month, according to Nationwide building society, who reported a 0.4pc rise. This comes just ten days after Rightmove reported that the average price of a London property had surpassed the £500,000 mark. Although the average price across the whole of the UK is far lower at £167,912, this has been steadil...Read More
Property investment hit by rate hikes
Three interest rate rises in five months have shaken confidence in property investment, according to insurance provider Standard Life.Its latest savings and investment index shows that investors' enthusiasm in property for both buy-to-let and long-term savings purposes has been dampened by the Bank of England's recent rate hikes.The Bank's monetary policy committee voted to raise rates in August a...Read More
Experts gloomy on property slowdown
The current property downturn might wipe 20 per cent from the value of UK homes, a new poll indicates.This was the average forecast for the house price decline from a panel of property experts contacted for the survey by news agency Reuters.Analysts at banks, investment firms and research institutions were all among the poll respondents.Some of the experts even expected a drop in housing value of...Read More
The Queen Of The Property Market
She may be seen as just the head of state in the eyes of many of the UK population, but the Queen has a great head for figures, perfectly demonstrated by the £211 million record profits produced from her property portfolio. Even in times of trouble it seems as though the Queen can do no wrong, although the income from her portfolio does filter back to the UK government under ancient rules.
House Price Falls Fastest For 17 Years
A report by the Nationwide has highlighted the fact that house prices are now falling at the fastest rate for over 17 years and the situation does not look as if it will improve in the short term. Prices slumped by 8.1% last year which knocked £15,000 off the average house price across the UK. The average house is now valued at under £170,000 for the first time in a long while. So where do we...Read More