The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
There has been much publicity over the last month regarding the state of the booming housing market. When closely analysed, however, the housing market itself has seen remarkable internal differences; with mild to modest increases in the vast majority of the country and the affluent South East surging ahead. The differences are sufficiently pronounced almost to suggest a tale of two different countries, rather than different areas within the same economy. What then can be done to rebalance this differential and bring the two halves of a broken country back into a single whole?
After a year of speculation, the idyllic village of Bantham, South Devon has been put on the market for offers in excess of £11.5 million, causing many residents to fear for its future. With a price tag that high, it seems unlikely that too many British buyers will be interested…
A survey produced by the insurance firm LV (formerly Liverpool Victoria) found that almost half of people (49%) of those who has bought a new home since the beginning of the year discovered unexpected damage after moving in. Almost a third of people (some 29%) of those who had bought a property already so far this year believe the seller deliberately concealed problems at the property during the sale.
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The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the PropertySurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.
Recent figures have shown that you will need a salary of nearly £40,000 to be able to afford a mortgage.
The average person takes out a mortgage loan of £119,000 and if you consider that the national average salary is only £26,000, repayments can cause financial difficulties.
This isn’t great news for first time buyers and people who want to get themselves onto the property ladder. Looking at how the economy is at the moment where you can’t even live on the national minimum wage, getting a mortgage is looking impossible.
However, there are certain schemes like the Help To Buy Scheme which has been highly credited recently as this is helping a lot of first time buyers step onto the property ladder. With a deposit of 5% this is perfect for everyone who is struggling to make that step.
‘The Government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help hard-working people like you take steps to buy your own home. Whether you want to get onto the housing ladder or move up it, Help to Buy makes it possible to buy a new-build or existing home priced up to £600,000 with as little as a 5% deposit’. – See more at: http://www.helptobuy.org.uk/#sthash.0QIuZcrG.dpuf/
If you are a first time buyer and are looking for a surveyor, please have a look at our website and find your local surveyor – www.propertysurveying.co.uk
With much of the South West underwater, flooding has once again become a hot-topic. We look in one of our monthly articles at the huge range of questions the Government and its agencies much ask themselves if flooding is ever to be nullified as an issue of great concern for British homeowners…
Here’s a few questions we raise:
Britain has a substantial housing shortage – so where do we build? On green belt protected land? Urban sprawl across our green and pleasant land? That wasn’t well received when Nick Boles proposed to relax green belt regulations.
Should innovation be encouraged to create houses that are watertight up to first floor level? Should it be made a planning condition for developments on flood plains with a flood in the last 10 years to construct watertight houses up to a certain standard? What about a government competition for architects and building product designers to come up with the best solution?
Read the whole article and join the debate here.
New report identifies 43 locations where houses now sell for an average of more than £1 million, including several outside London. Compiled by estate agents Savills and analysts Property Database, the document also charts how house prices have risen over the past decade.
Some areas have outstripped the national average of 29.7% over the last 10 years by over 10 times and 34 of the 43 areas averaging over £1m are in Greater London, including Knightsbridge and Belgravia at No. 1.
If you are thinking of investing this sort of money in a property, a report by a Chartered Surveyor will substantially mitigate the risk of your investment and help you manage your new home. Find your local surveyor at www.propertysurveying.co.uk
birminghamsurveyors.com – MORE than half the families in some estates can’t afford to heat their homes, a poll reveals.
54 per cent of households are reportedly too skint to stay warm at Humber and Trent Towers in worst-hit Nechells, Birmingham. Jobless labourer Michael Simpson, 45, lives there on £63 a week — and a quarter of that goes on fuel.
The city’s Wye Cliff Road area has 53.5 per cent of families facing a similar crisis. Nottingham was third on the list, with 52.9 per cent shivering at two high-rise blocks in the Lenton area.
Temp. Ref. Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities 
In a ‘significant’ decision for Housing Associations across the country, the High Court, presiding over an appeal, has made two important findings:
– That it should not interfere with a housing association’s eviction of a tenant under a contractual relationship with a local authority.
– That it was proportionate to end a duty to house a tenant with a serious medical condition, where they had rejected alternative accommodation.
We explore the details of this case, and the morality behind it, in a recent article here…