brexit uk property market

#Brexit Impact on UK Property Market

In light of the LEAVE decision from the EU referendum there may be effects on the UK property market.

The headlines:

The immediate impact has been market uncertainty, the FTSE has dropped approx. 10% since the decision was announced and major house builders like Taylor Wimpey, Permission, Barratts, and Berkley Homes have all lost between a third and half their value.

Further the sterling has dropped against the dollar from 1.50 to 1.30 and that is still falling.

Interest Rates

The EuroZone base rate is already negative and some experts are expecting the Bank of England to drop the UK base rate to zero to boost the economy and this may be further pushed in order to keep inflation low in the light of the currency falls which will impact the cost of imports.

The Bank of England will want to encourage investment in the economy therefore rates will remain low.

Supply

There has been an increase in construction activity over the past 24 months, buoyed by relaxation of some planning laws and extension of permitted development rights.

Although the market impact on large house builders, they will still want to complete projects, even if new project starts are delayed.

Demand

There are many factors that influence demand and attractiveness for housing in the UK that are not EU related, such as depth of skills, education, lifestyle and language. Further to this, supply is always below demand with an increase in the number of households and smaller family units. The affordable end of the market will continue to have the highest demand.

High end property, in particular may see an increase in demand as Dollar based Middle east and Asian investors will now consider the short term buying opportunities within the property market and look to acquire residential property priced above £1million. The currency correction more than compensates for the changes in stamp duty which had previously discouraged high value property transactions.

House Prices

House prices will depend on regional factors and differences. Some regions may see a correction some may stagnate; however it is too early to speculate specifics.

Rental Market

Rental market is linked to employment as well as affordability and ability of renters to become home owners. The rental market especially in London and the South East is also heavily influenced by migrant workers and students, depending on how working rights and students will be impacted will determine long term effects.

Lending

The measures in the budget in April already discourage buy to let purchases, therefore banks currently have more than the usual surplus to lend, this is reflective in the record low rates on the market.

Lenders may tighten criteria especially on rental expectation but overall lending should not be adversely effected in the short run.

Investment

Investment especially in buy to let has slowed since the introduction of measures in the budget, however with lower interest rates expected, as well as the drop in sterling, investing in the UK is now cheaper, together with the low savings rates in banks, property investment is by far the better investment.

Conclusion

Overall Article 50 will only be exercised after a new leader is elected and then after 24 months will Britain actually leave, therefore uncertainty may remain till then end of 2018, however not much else will change.

The UK Property market will remain resilient and still a strong place to invest.

budget buying a property

Hidden costs of buying a property

Cost of buying a property go well beyond the deposit required

Many new buyers often make the miscalculation that the money they have saved up, is the amount they should budget for buying a property or putting down a deposit. There are many other costs that arise that new buyers should be aware of. Here are just a few examples.

Legal costs of buying a property

Legals fees are a must, remember you get what you pay for. Use a reputed conveyancing firm. Depending on the complexity of your deal typical costs could vary from £500 to £1000. In some cases you can get the lender to contribute to some of these costs, however beware that they do not cover this by charging else where.

Stamp Duty costs of buying a property

Considering very few property purchases are below the £125,000 threshold most people will have to pay stamp duty. This is a tax an is payable on completion, therefore must be budgeted into your calculations.

Purchase price of property Rate of SDLT
(percentage of the total purchase price)
£0 – £125,000 0%
£125,001 – £250,000 1%
£250,001 – £500,000 3%
£500,001 – £1 million 4%
Over £1 million – £2 million 5%
Over £2 million 7%

Source: https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax-rates

Check out this easy stamp duty calculator.

Survey costs of buying a property

Surveys can typically cost £400 to £800. This must be paid regardless if the purchase goes through, so do your own research before instructing a survey. Make sure the value stands up and the purchase is not too risky for the lender. Sometimes the lender covers the cost of the survey or adds it to the mortgage.

Valuation fees when buying a property

Mortgage lenders will charge a valuation fee, that can vary from £300 to £500. They sometimes cover the cost or give you the option to add it to the mortgage amount. Look at the fine print and get clarification.

Mortgage arrangement fees

Lenders have become smart and crafty. Often as the interest offered on a mortgage goes down, the arrangement fees go up. In reality this is a pointless fee but they do charge it. It can be over £1000 in some cases.

Moving costs & repairs

Moving costs if you are hiring help can run into over £1000 for a single day. Calculate how much you have to move and plan the move well.

When you view your property before completion check things thoroughly, the last thing you want is a boiler failing, the roof collapsing as soon as you move in.

How can PropVestment help?

budget buying a propertyWe can provide you with a walk through of purchasing a property and put you in touch with our preferred and vetted financial advisers, solicitors, and moving team. Contact us today for a no obligation chat.

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Mortgage Market Review

#MMR : How will the Mortgage Market Review affect you?

The Mortgage Market Review (MMR) was brought in by the FCA and is in practice from 26th April 2014. The aim is to avoid a repeat credit crunch caused by over and responsible lending in the mortgage market.

What is the Mortgage Market Review?

It means that Financial Advisers will not be able to provide services on a Non-Advise basis. All IFAs will need to hold a relevant qualification. This means there will be better qualified IFAs, and the lack of competition should make this service profitable and worth it for the best IFAs. Overall this is better for people buying property as they will get better advise.

For Lenders: They are now fully responsible for assessing someones ability to pay back a mortgage and affordability. Therefore they will scrutinise income and expenditure to the finest detail.

Mortgage Market ReviewFrom the FCA:

They will look at your spending in three categories:

Essential expenses

This is what you regularly spend on the things you cannot do without, such as:

  • food
  • household cleaning and laundry
  • gas, electricity and other heating costs
  • water bills
  • telephone
  • essential travel (such as travel to work or school)
  • council tax
  • buildings insurance (it is usually a condition of your mortgage that the building must be insured)
  • ground rent and service charges (for leasehold properties)

Basic quality of living costs

This is what you need to spend on occasional essentials, with some allowance for leisure costs, including:

  • clothes
  • household goods (such as furniture and appliances) and repairs
  • personal goods such as toiletries
  • basic leisure costs, including non-essential transport
  • TV licence
  • childcare

Repayments and other commitments

This covers other payments you know you will have to make, including:

  • debts you are paying off, like credit card bills, loans or hire purchase payments
  • child maintenance and alimony payments

The exact details you are asked for will vary between lenders, but you should expect to discuss your regular spending in all these areas.

MMR could be responsible for the surge in the housing market in recent months. Due to the fact that the lending process will be longer and more indepth, potential buyer will have rushed buying to get their transactions complete prior to these new rules coming in place.

What does MMR mean for Buy to Let?

It is still unclear if these rules are applicable for Buy to Let investments, especially as in most cases the loan to value is lower and mortgage payments are intended to be paid with the rental income.

Please comment if you have any further information in relation to Buy to Let impact.

Property Tribes has some interesting points here:
http://www.propertytribes.com/start-preparing-now-big-changes-coming-btl-lending-t-9621.html 

– Thanks Vanessa Warwick

Conclusion

Although the point of MMR from the FCA is to make sure mistakes of the past do not happen again it will damage the property market especially for those responsible lenders, IFAs and investors.

Immediately we will see a drop in market transactions and decrease in first time buyers on the market. The seasoned investors should remain mostly unaffected.

UK Property - Budget 2014

#Budget2014 – impact on UK property market

Chancellor George Osborne today showcased the UK Budget for 2014. The main question is how will it impact the UK property market and effect you, the investor. Points of interest are Stamp Duty, Help to Buy, new housing, savings and taxes.

 

Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty Budget 2014Nothing much changes for the average private homeowner, or small time landlord. The big announcement and change comes to close a loophole that many foreign investors used to avoid stamp duty by buying their properties through company ownership. Now there is a 15% stamp duty on purchases over £500,000. This will severely target foreign owned properties in particular in London and South East.

THOUGHTS – Will foreign investors now just flood the UK commercial property market? So is it a good time to get in now and sell in the near future?

Help to Buy

The equity loan scheme known as Help to Buy has been extended on new homes until 2020, with the aim to fill the shortfall in housing and encourage lending from banks and building societies.

In reality this will mean that the construction industry will be boosted until 2020 at the expense of young buyers, who end up buying an inflated prices, and find themselves in a lot of debt. This will keep pressures on house prices up until 2020 too. For the investor it means, get on the property ladder today or expand your portfolio, and if you want an exit do it before 2020. It also means new builds that are eligible for the scheme will be considerably higher priced than old builds, however this will drag the prices of old builds along too.

No mention of any extension to Help to Buy 2, the scheme that was available for non new builds up to £600k.

Housing supply

Ebbsfleet Garden City – 15,000 new homes to be built near the Ebbsfleet international rail terminal, to create a commuting hub. As PropVestment advised a few years ago Ebbsfleet was an investment hot spot and it will only increase more now. With great transport links it will become a thriving part of Kent. However we think the area will now be priced in.

Brent Cross and Barking Riverside in London will also receive new developments and improvements to help aid the capitals housing problems.
UPDATE – There will be 11,000 new homes in Barking Riverside and up to 10,000 in Brent Cross. The regeneration of the infamous Grahame Park estate near Brent Cross will also be brought forward. 

Right to build – New scheme to help people build their own homes. £1.5m allocated, that is pittance really, how many can be supported through this? Although it does sound like an interesting concept.

The chancellor’s target is 200,000 new homes to be built, however many critic suggest that this is still not enough and the housing supply deficit will keep growing. This means by simple economics demand will continue to out strip supply and prices will keep on rising.

Savings & Taxes

A few points are that the zero rate and 40p rate thresholds will rise, increasing affordability. ISA thresholds are increased to £15,000 per person and there are a few other measures to encourage savings. This could have impacts either way, one way is that it will encourage savings so people will be able to build up deposits for buying a property. On the counter if they have saved into ISAs that they do not want to break, it could mean that people will be more reluctant to invest into property. It will depend on person to person.

How will #Budget2014 impact the PropVestor?

UK Property - Budget 2014For the traditional investor it is a fairly positive budget and it will help discourage corporates and foreign investors with the Stamp duty ruling. This will leave more opportunities for private UK based investors.

Help to Buy is contentious but it will keep pressures on house prices until the end of the decade.

PropVestment’s top tip

Get on the property ladder today, do not wait until tomorrow

#AutumnStatement : UK Property Market

Property Highlights

  • Capital Gains Tax loophole closed

From April 2015, overseas investors will face a capital gains tax bill on any profits they make from UK property. It is only fair to make overseas investors pay capital gains tax (28%) on the profit they make when they sell their UK properties. That is what British second homeowners are required to do, so why not foreign investors too.

  • £1bn made available for property development loans

£1 billion of loan money is to be made available to councils wanting to fund new housing developments in Manchester, Leeds and elsewhere (expected to create 250,000 homes). House building is up by 29% on last year. It is a figure warmly welcomed by construction firms such as Persimmon, Barratt and Taylor Wimpey, though many large financial firms such as L&G insist house building should be a much higher and more urgent priority.

For Help to Buy, Virgin and Aldermore will be offering mortgages too.

  • Aim to keep interest rates low

The aim of many tight regulations in banking and financial industries is to encourage responsible lending and so it is possible to maintain low interest rates. This is vital to the general economy and must be fought against rising house prices. So house prices will need to be kept under control.

 What does this mean for a property investor?

Autumn Statement UK Property Capital Gains TaxFirstly if you are a foreign investor then much of the benefit you got have been diminished. However if you are not, this is great news. It will mean that foreign investors may start to put there money else where. This means there will be less competition from “Cash Oversea’s buyers” when you are after a property. Prices should also correct accordingly. Overall a good policy for UK property buyers and also the increased tax revenue will help the public too.

Funding for house building and developments will increase housing supply and keep construction jobs strong. However will this only benefit the house builders who sell at inflated prices? Possibly. The impact on the normal UK property investor will be minimal.

Low interest rates are welcome for investors, however it depends if new finance is available. Overall it will at least mean that investors’ current mortgage payments stay low.

Overall a good Autumn Statement for the UK Property investor.

 

 

Buy to Let mortgages

UK Property Market Update – Winter 2013

The UK property bubble is building

  • The average family home is up £5,583 and London properties have increased by more than £7,000.UK property prices went up by £7,430 in October
  • Average sale price in London is now £404,199
  • Help to Buy scheme is inflating prices
  • Rents increase 11% to £785pm, 41% of the average UK wage.

UK rents

UK property Sale prices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average UK Property Prices In London, where the average sale price is higher than ever, 14 people compete for every property.

Mortgage applications rose by 6% in October, and almost double 2012 numbers. It comes as the Council of Mortgage Lenders said last week the number of homes sold this year will be more than one million for the first time since the financial crisis began in 2007.

The government Help to Buy scheme is pushing prices up.

Out of the 5,375 sold so far, the highest number of Help to Buy sales have been in Leeds, Wiltshire, Milton Keynes and Reading.

The average price of a UK property bought under the Help to Buy scheme was £194,167, with an average equity loan of £38,703.

UK property transactions

Critics warned the UK-wide second phase of the scheme, which began last month and is not restricted to new-builds, would cause a housing bubble.

It guarantees 15 % of the value of the home loan.

After almost coming off the market, Buy to Let mortgages are also being approved strongly. Landlords and investors are buying up and completing deals to keep up with the increasing rent demand and to cash in on the rental increases. This is a very encouraging sign for property investment.

However as the final graphic shows there is still not enough supply in the market, especially in London where there are almost 3 offers for every sale.

PropVestment’s thoughts

Offers and Sales

Yes the UK property market is picking up and in fact picking up a little too fast. But this is mainly due to the Help to Buy scheme which is resulting in unrealistic implications on price and the market. The only ones to benefit are the banks and house builders. First time buyers, buying under the scheme face higher interest rates compared to traditional mortgage products.   
The market right now is too competitive and sellers can take advantage. We do however have concerns that many first time buyers under Help to Buy will suffer from negative equity in years to come once the Government pulls the plug on the scheme and prices fall back to their realistic, natural and sustainable level.

Buy to Let mortgages

Source: Daily Mail

UK Property Lending now available

Mortgage approvals help property market activity

After a few years of stagnation in the UK property market due to lack of lending  it seems there is some light finally.

UK Property Mortgage LendingOn Thursday 20th June the Guardian reported:

Mortgage lending jumped 21% in May, the sharpest rise since October 2008, suggesting Britain’s housing market once again has a spring in its step.

The Council of Mortgage Lender’s gross lending figures, which reveal the value of loans advanced without taking into account repayments, showed £14.7bn of mortgages were taken out during May, up from £12.2bn in April. The figure was also 17% higher than the £12.6bn seen in May 2012, aided by government schemes to boost lending.

Does this mean the Funding for Lending and Help to Buy schemes are working?

PropVestment’s client have had experiences that surprisingly agree, however there seems to be discrepancies across lenders.

One client of ours had a mortgage approved in principle by Santander. He had good credit, was buying below value and was putting in 30% of the money himself too. After two months waiting for Santander to send a surveyor over to value the property, a job most of us could do using Land Registry and Zoopla data, Santander say they have had a re-think and do not need a surveyors report. Santander pulled the plug.

Fortunately this deal was not part of a chain, and the seller was understanding. However due to poor business practises Santander could cost the industry dearly.

Our client returned to us, we put him in touch with our favoured mortgage broker, who went to the Halifax. Halifax approved, surveyed and letter of offer within 7 days.

We were surprised at the speed of response of Halifax. Previously we have not had such good experiences with the government owned banks since the credit crunch. LloydsTSB part of the HBOS group has usually been responsive with Natwest and the RBS group being the worst. Our client’s experience and a few others we have heard with Santander now put them firmly on the unfavoured list.

Money talks in this industry, if lending is available without unnecessary hassle, any bank will gain a strong reputation and foothold in the market.

We welcome your thoughts on the topic of lending in the property market and inparticular perspectives from other parts of the country. Email info@PropVestment.com

If you are having trouble getting finance for your property, we have a great range of mortgage advisers that can assist you.

 

#Budget2013 : Help to buy – impact on UK property market

Will the “Help to Buy” scheme help home buyers?

Budget 2013 Help to BuyThe Chancellor, George Osbourne has announced the budget for 2013 and beyond. Overall the budget covers all aspects or work and life in the UK, however we are concerned with property.

The head line for property has been the “Help to Buy” scheme.

There are 2 options, one for new buyers and new homes only and one for all property and buyers.

The below options breakdown are provided by Zoopla blog on the budget

Option 1: Help to buy – Equity Loan

-Is it applicable to any property?
No, just new build only

-Deposit required?
Yes, minimum of 5% deposit

-Do I have to be a first time buyer?
No, this scheme is available to all, not just first time buyers

-How does it work?
The Government will lend you up to 20% of the value of your property through an equity loan, which can be repaid at any time or on the sale of your home…so you will only need to secure up to a 75% mortgage from a bank or building society. It is interest-free for 5 years

-When does it start?
The scheme is available from 1 April 2013. It will run for 3 years and provide £3.5billion of additional investment

Option 2 – Help to buy – Mortgage Guarantee

-Is it applicable to any property?
New build and existing homes

-Will I need a deposit?
Yes, you’ll need a minimum of 5%

-Is it only open to First Time Buyers?
No, it is also open to existing homeowners

-How does it work?
You’ll need to secure a mortgage for your purchase. The Government guarantee should help encourage lenders to offer better access to low-deposit mortgages

-When does it start?
Available from January 2014, this scheme will run for 3 years

-Is there a maximum purchase price?
Maximum value £600,000

 Other points from the Budget 2013:

  • Budget 2013 help to buy21 % corporate tax rate – potentially beneficial to buy rental properties into a company rather than private names
  • Encourage to convert unused commercial space into residential

London Mayor, Boris Johnson has also secured £750 million for new build housing in the capital. This will boost affordable housing for middle income Londoners.

Official details can be found here: HM Treasury – pages 38 & 71

PropVestment’s thoughts

Overall we believe that the budget is progressive for the UK Property market, however it could have done more. However it seems that Help to Buy is more universal and will help more of the population. It is now for us to see how it filters through in reality. Many other schemes like NewBuy and FirstBuy have been less successful

 

Contact PropVestment today for a chat, we advise on all property investment queries. Lets make money from property

 

Lending holding back property investment in London

Stringent lending stopping property investment

Property Investment stopped by lending

It has been a long standing observation that one of the main reasons the UK property market is struggling is due to the lack of funding in the market place.

We have had a series of funding schemes proposed by the government and other institutions to encourage property investment. These include the likes of NewBuy, FirstBuy, and Funding For Lending.

Funding for Lending is the latest scheme to encourage lending where the banks can borrow cheaply provided they lend it out to the public, be it as mortgages or commercial lending.

FirstBuy and NewBuy is primarily restricted to new builds, which benefit constructors but represent a very small proportion of the property on the market.

Over the last few weeks at PropVestment we have been working on a deal for a young professional first time buyer. However we have it a brick wall with strict, inflexible, non-subjective lending criteria by all the major lenders.

*Due to confidentiality and to protect our exclusive property sources, details on this article will be disguised
 

The investment property

Property Investment in Elephant & CastleLOCATION – Elephant & Castle – Zone 1 – London

  • Elephant & Castle has £1.5 Billion being spent for regeneration.
  • 2 mins walk to the London Underground and Bus stations.
  • Opposite the famous “Strata Building”

 PROPERTY

 

2 Bed Duplex in Ex-council block, currently under full refurbishment.

  • Each leaseholder has spent almost £40k for new concierge, lifts, windows
  • Elephant & Castle - Property next to Strata20th floor with views of London, from the Gherkin, Canary Wharf, O2,  Shard, all the way to Crystal Palace.
  • Large Balcony. Full wall to wall windows across all rooms.
  • 118 Year Lease

Rental expectation – upto £1500 per month currently. PropVestment predicts this will hit £2000 in 5 years. Strata building demands this level for smaller compatibles.

Asking price – £220,000

Gross Yield is over 8%

If lending 75% Purchase Price, there for deposit £55,000
If mortgage at 4% repayment over 20 years £1011 installment per month
Surplus for Buyer after mortgage £5868 per annum.
10.7% return on cash invested annually

 

The First Time Buyer

  • Mid twenties
  • £50,000 savings, plus £10,000 promised contribution from family
  • £40,000 a year salary before bonus.
  • Over £2000 monthly saving after expenses
  • City working professional, currently living with parents
  • Buying either to stay in and share or rent out fully.

Why the banks won’t lend?

  •  Ex-council
  • Concrete & Steel Construction

If the councils have approved a £40 million refurbishment of the block, clearly there is no risk to the building. Considering most of the block is still council owned they would not put so much of their own money in an unsafe building.

Being Ex-council ensures that maintenance is always prompt and reasonably costed.

The banks have very little risk here because the rental will cover the mortgage repayment by 135%, the usual criteria for Buy to Lets is currently 125%.
The buyer has £2000 disposable income every month, for any major shortfall or unforseen circumstance.

PropVestment’s Thoughts

After all this and almost a model buyer, why are the banks not lending?
Banks are given cash via the Funding for Lending scheme and still are not making it available to the public.

By the banks not lending, we, as in property professionals, end up having to offer such properties to cash buyers from abroad.
Ideally we want young property owners from the UK, however due to the circumstances the only investors that can afford to pay full cash are foreigners. This means that the profits also get taken out and do not recirculate in the UK economy.

The government must do something to ensure banks lend to boost UK home grown property investment.

For any property investment advise, analysis, deals or thoughts, contact us today for a no obligation chat. Sharing thoughts and ideas is how we progress.

 

Tesco Mortgage Buy to Let

Supermarket Tesco launches 1.99% Mortgage – every little helps

Tesco Bank launches fixed 1.99% Mortgage

Tesco Mortgage Key Facts

  • Tesco Mortgage Buy to Let1.99% Fixed until end 2014
  • 4.24% There after
  • 4.00% APR
  • £995 Arrangement Fee (£195 Booking Fee, £800 Product fee)
  • 60% Maximum LTV (Loan to Value)
  • More suited for Remortgages than First Timer Buyers

 

Tesco Bank 1.99% Mortgage

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