Direct Property News

December 15, 2016

Residential confidence helping to steady the property and construction sector

The property sector in the UK is showing resilience in the face of a tumultuous year, with confidence in the residential sector the strongest, according to new research. Indeed, some 74% of senior executives in the in the property and construction industries surveyed by investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson regard residential property as a strong five year investment, a 10% rise from 2015. The survey also shows that 62% are confident in the outlook for the residential sector whilst over half, some 54%, had confidence in the commercial sector.
December 19, 2016

City house price growth predicted to see 4% rise in 2017

The latest Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index has revealed that house price growth in London has fallen to 7.6%, the lowest level for 39 months, as affordability pressures and multiple policy changes aimed at investors weaken demand.
December 19, 2016

Estate agents expect UK property sales to be steady in 2017 and prices mostly unchanged

Residential property sales in the UK expected to remain steady in in the UK in 2017 and first time buyers will find it easier to get on the housing ladder, according to estate agents. After a year of political surprises and economic uncertainty almost half of estate agents, some 43%, believe that prices will stay the same over the coming year, the latest research from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) shows.
December 20, 2016

November sees improvement in rental market activity

New data released from Agency Express has revealed that activity in the lettings market rose markedly during November. According to the firm, the number of new listings ‘to let’ rose by 13.9% year-on-year, from an increase of just 3.4% rise in new properties coming to market during October. Rental Volumes The actual volume of properties let last month slipped by just -1% in the same period, representing a marked improvement from the -6.2% recorded at the same period last year. Regionally, nine of the twelve regions recorded by the Property Activity Index saw a growth in new listings to let, while seven regions saw a rise in properties let. In terms of properties let, the top […]
December 20, 2016

Research reveals few home owners really understand mortgage rates

Just one in four home owners in the UK with a mortgage understand how cuts to the Bank of England’s base rate could affect their mortgage payments, according to new research. In August the Bank of England made the first adjustment to the rate in over seven years, cutting it from 0.5% to 0.25% and mortgage rates soon fell as a result. Tracker rates dropped by 0.25% while fixed rates also hit record lows, with two year fixed rates available for as little as 1.39%. However lender Standard Variable Rates (SVRs), the default rates that borrowers often find themselves on as soon as an initial rate has ended, did not drop nearly as far. The average […]
December 21, 2016

Rental growth slowed in 2016, but set to rise again in 2017

Britain’s average residential rent increased slightly in 2016 at 1.12%, latest data revealed, but growth is expected to rise in 2017. Compared to 2015 where growth was at 2.34%, rental growth slowed this year with rents in London dropping by 0.31%, the national rent review by buy-to-let lender Landbay states. Towards the end of 2016, the national average rent paid is at £1,188 per month, an increase of £132. Rents in London peaked in April at £1,894 before falling in May. Whilst the downward spiral seemed to continue in London, the rest of England has seen a yearly rent increase of 2%. The biggest annual rise happened in the East Midlands at 2.6%, followed by the […]