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February 7, 2017
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Regional property markets remain more attractive than the capital

According to David Wise, investment director at The Kames Property Income Fund, regions around the UK currently offer potentially better opportunities than those in London, with Brexit likely to hit the capital harder than anywhere else in the UK. While David does not expect returns in London to plummet due to the impact of the EU referendum, Brexit does pose a risk to the city’s outlook in the short-to-medium term. As such, he says better property returns will be found elsewhere for at least 12 months, and possibly longer. David says: “At present, regional markets are showing no signs of slowing. Tenants are signing new leases and paying modestly higher rents, and even if this were…
February 7, 2017
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Manchester property prices will grow 28.2%

Over the next five years, Manchester capital value growth is expected to reach 28.2 % as a result of growing demand and supply, a research report by JLL revealed. House prices in England’s north-west ar set to rise 18.1% until 2021, property advisor JLL has revealed in a recently published research paper. This data comes after a great year for Mancunian residential property as it has already experienced a growth of 16% in capital values in 2016. The area’s imbalance between supply and demand is one of the main reasons why the growth rate in the north-west is currently outpacing the rest of the UK. And JLL precits that, as a result of this continuing undersupply,…
February 3, 2017
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North West house prices to rise 18% in next five years

A combination of high demand and low supply means that both rents and house prices will see their values rise, despite UK-wide uncertainty. House prices in the north west are set to sore by 18.1 per cent over the next five years, according to the Manchester Residential Predictions Seminar in the city centre. A combination of high demand and low supply means that both rents and house prices will see their values rise, despite UK-wide uncertainty. And JLL predicts that prices in Manchester will grow by a massive 28.2 per cent in the next five years. The average two-bed apartment in the city currently fetches £230,000 but if predictions are correct, it could cost £246,000 by…
February 3, 2017
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Home buyers in UK set to benefit from continued low mortgage rates during Brexit negotiations

Home owners and would be first time buyers are unlikely to see mortgage rates rise in the short term, according to experts who say the Bank of England monetary policy committee report signals unlikely change due to Brexit negotiations. The committee’s report says that is expects the economy to slow down during the difficult Brexit negotiations that lie ahead in the next two years with the formal triggering on the process now expected in the first week of March. Members unanimously chosen to keep interest rates at 0.25% despite the Bank of England upgrading its forecasts for growth to 2% for 2017 and slightly increasing its expectations for inflation which it now believes it will peak…
February 3, 2017
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New home registrations top 150,000 in 2016

According to new data, more than 150,000 new homes were registered in the UK by NHBC in 2016, the second highest in almost a decade. 151,687 new homes were registered by NHBC in 2016, a slight decrease of 2% compared to 2015 when 155,504 new homes were registered. The 2016 figures represent a 70% increase in registrations compared to levels seen at the time of the housing crash in 2008/09. 115,689 new homes were registered in the private sector, compared to 117,506 in 2015 with 35,998 registered in the affordable sector, compared to 37,998 the previous year. NHBC’s latest data also revealed that seven out of 12 regions experienced an increase in registrations, most notably Yorkshire…
February 3, 2017
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Low mortgage rates keeping affordability low for home borrowers in UK

Historically low mortgage rates are the main driver behind a significant improvement in affordability for home borrowers in the UK since 2007, new research shows. Mortgage affordability, that is the proportion of income spent on home loan payments, has remained well below the peak of 2007, according to the study from lender the Halifax, up 18% in the last decade. Typical mortgage payments for new borrowers, both first time buyers and home movers, at the historic average loan to value ratio stood at 30% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the peak of 48% in the third quarter of 2007. Despite average house prices growing by 7% in the past year, mortgage affordability in…
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