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The amount of rent paid by tenants in the private sector has hit a record high, with landlords generating £51.6bn in rent in 2017, according to new estimates. New figures released by Countrywide showed that amount is more than twice what was paid 10 years ago, in 2007, an increase that has largely been driven by rising rents and more people renting. A decade earlier, in 2007, the total rent was put at £22.6 billion.
The number of homeowners moving house is at the highest level in 10 years, according to analysis by Lloyds Bank, despite warnings that the level of transactions has slumped.
People buying new-build houses in England will no longer be obliged to enter leasehold agreements, the government has announced. The plans announced mean anyone buying a flat - or a house - on a lease of longer than 21 years will also not have to pay any ground rent.
Wealthy Chinese and Far Eastern investors like the stability, democracy and solid land titles that Britain offers, as well as feeling that owning property here carries kudos and offers a prime opportunity
Located in the middle of the UK within the South Yorkshire region, Sheffield has plenty on offer. Known as the ‘steel city’, Sheffield has grown to become England’s fourth-largest city. Exceeding a population of 635,000, the city’s ever-increasing inhabitants have pushed house prices up and increased housing demand.
House prices in the UK increased by 5.4% in the year to September 2017, up from 4.8% the previous month to an average of £226,367, the latest official figures show. The figures from the Land Registry also show that month on month prices increased by 0.4% and are now £11,000 higher than in September 2016 […]
There has been an increasing number of UK buy-to-let enquiries from British expats, according to new research from Liquid Expat Mortgages. These findings reflect the growing demand we’ve been seeing for buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages from overseas investors; due partly to the increasing strength of foreign currency against the pound. The British property market has long been […]
Why Birmingham? Birmingham has undergone a significant transformation for a number of years, with milestones including the £600 million reopening of New Street station, £150 million launch of Grand Central shopping centre and its flagship John Lewis store, plus the £50 million redevelopment of The Mailbox and £150 million opening of leisure complex Resorts World […]
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the global financial crisis, an event that caused doubt and uncertainty within a number of markets and continues to shape the UK housing market today. Exactly ten years ago thousands of people rushed to withdraw their hard-earned savings from Northern Rock, fearing the banking system […]
The number of buy-to-let mortgages available has reached its highest level in almost a decade, providing new and existing landlords with more choice than ever. The figures, taken from the latest Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report show that the number of buy-to-let (BTL) products has increased by 7% in just one month to total […]
The shortage of homes coming to market is leading to a rise in house prices across the UK, according to Nationwide Building Society’s latest house price index. Average house prices rose by 0.3% in July, the second month in a row that prices have risen, as a 1.1% growth was recorded in June. The average house […]
The government is seeking to end ‘long-term financial abuse’ by some developers who are selling new-build homes on a leasehold basis. Leaseholders typically pay ground rent to the freeholder, but can be caught out by clauses allowing for dramatic increases in these fees. Ground rent typically rises in line with inflation, but in some cases, […]
For the first time, landlords who have a limited company established for their buy to let business are lending more than ‘classic’ individual investors who do not. According to research from Mortgages for Business ‘Buy to let Index’, more than half (51%) of all lending in Q2 2017 was provided to limited companies. Nearly three […]
Employer pension schemes are viewed as the safest way to save for the future, however according to the latest national figures, many believe property investment is the best option for a prosperous retirement. A survey conducted in 2016 by the Office for National Statistics and Assets Survey of UK adults, discovered that 38% of people […]
Since the historic vote to leave the European Union many predicted a huge slump in UK property prices. This lead to some investors adopting a “wait and see approach” on the property market over the past year. However, recent research by eMoov found that in the last 12 months prices have actually increased 3.35%. The […]
There are numerous factors that make property in the UK a wise investment. Since 1996, average house prices have risen by an extraordinary 281% across the UK according to Nationwide house price index (2016). As a country with small landmass, an ever-increasing population, coupled with a housing shortage and an increase in single person households, […]
The result of last week’s general election led to the pound falling to an eight-week low and demonstrating once again the vulnerability of Sterling in the current economic climate. Sterling tumbled around 0.6 per cent to 1.1311 against the euro and 1.2689 against the US dollar after losing around 1.5 per cent on Friday after […]
New research from Mortgages for Business revealed that almost half (48%) of buy-to-let landlords are still looking to expand their portfolios despite recent tax changes in the industry and tougher lending conditions. The existing phasing out of mortgage tax relief and the introduction last year of the 3% stamp duty surcharge for those acquiring an […]
The rate of mortgage applications resulting in completions has risen to 69% in Q1 2017, up from less than half (48%) a year earlier. This is welcome news to first-time buyers who fear that getting a foothold on the property ladder would become increasingly difficult for years to come. Research suggests that intense competition between […]
The average asking price for a property in the UK hit a new record high this month, despite speculation around the housing market slowing down in light of the snap election and Brexit. Following on from our most recent article, How Will The Snap Election Affect The UK Property Market?, figures released by Right Move […]
We are delighted to announce that our Swindon-based development, Electra & Guild House, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017 for the ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ category. Regency Residential was delighted to turn the disused office space into much needed […]
Over the last few years, The Northern Powerhouse term has made headlines across the world and is key topic for discussion regarding UK Investment. The strategy has made huge strides towards changing the UK property market, shifting the focus away from London towards the North of England, attracting high-profile overseas investors from China and the […]
Last month Theresa May announced a snap election scheduled for June 8th, with the vote approved almost unanimously by MPs in the House of Commons. This call for a snap election will mark the third consecutive year where the British public have been required to turn out to the polls, following the EU referendum last […]