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.
First-time buyers vacate property market
It has been revealed today that the percentage of first-time buyers on the property ladder has fallen to a three-year low of just 35% in April, down from 39% in March. This will come as no surprise to those who follow the mortgage industry where liquidity for first-time buyers has been difficult to obtain for some time with more and more mortgage company's looking for larger deposits. In realit...Read More
ITV report suggests 3 million people in the UK are in negative equity
Only yesterday it was confirmed by the Council of Mortgage Lenders that in excess of 900,000 homeowners in the UK have been caught by the negative equity trap. However, a report by ITV today suggests this figure could be as high as 3.5 million homeowners which would represent around one third of all homes in the UK. While the figure of 3.5 million is probably towards the top end of the "real situa...Read More
House prices drop
Average asking prices for properties in England and Wales have dropped by 0.7 per cent - £1,656 - over the past month, according to the property website Rightmove. The average asking price for a home fell to £239,986 in November - down from £241,642 reported the previous month, adding fuel to suggestions that a slowdown in the housing market is starting to get underway. Prices fell in all regio...Read More
Reality in the UK property market
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research will this week show that UK property prices are forecast to fall by a further 10% during 2009, ruining hopes of a short-term recovery. However, the Labour government will be pleased to hear that the report will also forecast a recovery in 2010, possibly just in time for the next general election. Slowly but surely it appears that Gordon Br...Read More
Property companies looking to invest for the next upturn
It seems as though property companies in the UK such as Land Securities are now readying themselves for an increase in demand for property in the medium term and looking to invest into new projects in the short term. Indeed yesterday we saw Land Securities announce a £655 million investment in the West End of London as the company continues to see signs of growth in the UK property sector. It...Read More