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Sell off expensive council property beneficial to UK property market

Why selling expensive council property is beneficial for the UK property market & economy

Policy Exchange Proposal will boost UK Property Market

Policy exchange proposal for UK property marketLast week the Policy Exchange think tank issued a proposal for councils to sell expensive properties on their asset sheet, and utilise the money raised to build new affordable housing.
Here is a summary of the main points in their report. Expensive housing is categorised by above the average house price.

THE FACTS: Property market & economy benefits

  • – Generate £4.5Bn a year
  • – Create 340,000 jobs
  • – 170,000 new homes, halving the council waiting list
  • – 816,000 houses that are above the national average
  • -The total value of expensive social housing is £159bn (£71.9bn of it in London)

However despite all these positive benefits there has been much protest in the press over the last week. Here are PropVestment’s counter-arguments in favour of this proposal

Sell off expensive council property beneficial to UK property market

Council House worth £2 million

1. Frees up houses for young buyers

If the council sells up certain properties in areas, often they are still reasonably priced than private sector properties. This way younger people can more easily get on the property ladder.
Here is our own example as featured in the Daily Mail a couple years ago. Click here

2. Jobs will be created in the construction sector.

As long as there is a minimum requirement for locally employed people in the construction of the new houses, many jobs will be created, in turn boosting the local economy from the multiplier factor. In essence this proposals releases trapped money stuck in bricks into the local economy, taking funds from private sector into the local economy.

“In essence this proposals releases trapped money stuck in bricks into the local economy, taking funds from private sector into the local economy. “

3. Increase Housing supply

As building a new house is cheaper than buying a new house, this will mean that the money raised from selling one property will mean more than one property being built. Hence relieving the pressures on the housing market. It will mean private landlords having less opportunity to rent to council tenants and therefore, increase supply on the private market reducing the rents in the process. This will benefit the average person who is not a home owner.

4. Argument of disrupting communities is wrong!

New build developments will create new communities with modern facilities too.
There will be more environmentally friendly estates, planned better to provide for the community better.

5. Argument that it will create ghettos is wrong.

There will be new development. It only becomes a ghetto if we make it a ghetto. That is not a flaw in proposal, but one in the people. As long as users respect each other and the community there will be no ghetto created. This is an issue for not for property divisions of government or councils but one for community support and education.

6. Argument that in HMO cases you can not leave a building half used- Wrong

HMO (Houses of multiple occupancy) mean that under the policy as people move out, their rooms will not be refilled as council will want to sell off the property. The argument goes that leaving rooms empty is waste. The rooms can be let on AST style contracts or used for temporary housing. The council uses expensive B&Bs for this currently, why not utilise empty spots in HMOs.

PROPVESTMENT CONCLUSION:  – UK Property Market

This new proposal by Policy Exchange think tank is highly beneficial to the UK property market and economy. It may need refining in a few areas, but the benefits of housing and job creation far outweigh any counter-argument raised so far.

PROPVESTMENT were featured in the TELEGRAPH newspaper on this very topic

READ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9508685/Ex-council-homes-how-to-buy-a-bargain.html

Sources : Public Service

Allsop Residential Auction February 2012: Results, Analysis & Conclusions – PropVestment

PropVestment provides a brief but insightful analysis of the results from Allsop Residential Auction in February 2012. We spent some time attending on behalf of a client looking to make a cash investment.

Allsop Residential Auction Headlines

  • 90% success for all lots in London and South East.
  • AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy) yields over 10% 
  • Northern England struggling
Allsop Residential Auction

90% success rate at Allsop Residential Auction for London and South East

As you can see with the above chart, London as shown by the M25 statistics shows that over 90% auction success with an average price of £324,074. South East and South West also sold well with almost similar success rates however the values were significantly lower.

The worst success was the North East and Northern Ireland. The North East had the lowest success and the lowest average value for the Mainland. This means that this part of the country is the worst effected and the limited activity shows that even bargain hunting investors are staying well way.
The Northern Ireland results could be attributed to problems in mainland Ireland, however with only 6 lots that all sold, the data set is very limited.

Rental yields above 10% , investors market

The main information to be taken from these statistics is that most sales are investments for rental yields, with ASTs demanding lower prices but therefore higher yields. This can be attributed to risk factors.

An interesting stat is that sites with planning permission had a very low success rate, there are buyers there but sellers are keeping a high reserve on these.

CONCLUSIONS

As with previous auction articles like Auctions are for sellers we see similar stats here, majority of lots in London and South East sell well at high prices, however the rest of the market is struggling.
Auctions are for experienced investors and sellers, and not currently for first time buyers. 

*Graphics from www.allsops.co.uk Allsops Residential Auction

Auctions are now for selling rather than buying property

On Monday 6th February 2012 PropVestment paid a visit to Barnard Marcus residential property auction at Grand Connaught Rooms in London. We were in for a surprise as we were there as a buyer but soon found auctions are now for selling.
This was the first major property auction of 2012 in London. Thus it was pack out, many experienced and new property buyers in the hall.

Auctions are for buying not selling now

Lot 1 had guide of £800,000, a four bed house in Battersea, it went for £1.28m + 2.75% fees. This was the story of all the first twenty or so lots.
All the first 23 lots were in London, the average winning bid was over 30% above the guide price, taking out 5 where even at this level the Reserve was not met, the other 18 properties sold at over 36% above guide price.

A few other key high lights from this auction:

  • Most land only deals did not sell, reserve not met
  • A piece of land without planning permission for a possible 8 units went for £860k, that’s insane for the area, almost £110k land cost then planning then construction.
  • Most of the lots on by order of Mortgage companies got bids over guide however did not sell due to Reserve Not Met (RNM). This can only be the case as the lenders have over valued in the past and now face negative equity. Failures.
  • Properties in North England and Wales were the hardest sale, many RNM and a few with highest bids well under guide prices.

PropVestment Conclusions: Auctions are now for selling

Property Auctions have changed now, its a much more public affair and it seems that its no longer a place where you can pick up a bargain. The sellers use it to sell properties that otherwise will not fetch a similar price through traditional means such as local agents. This tell us something about the quality of the properties and legalities of them. There were many amendments to the information provided with particular importance on certain higher rentals, those properties were on the day changed to vacant possession. Therefore the guide rental was incorrect, how is one to know what the real rentability of a property is without doing thorough research.
Due to these pit fall, an auction is no longer a place for inexperienced or first time buyers to find a property to buy. Auction are now for selling.
Rather it is a place where landlords can easily offload not so good properties and rely on the ignorance or lack of research of bidders.

PropVestment Auction Advice
Buyers – Do your thorough research and get someone to look at the legal documents prior to bidding.
Sellers – Use auctions to sell unwanted properties, especially in London, everything sells

Have a read of our observations last year at Savills here

Short Lease: Good Investment or Bad Investment?

Came across this Short Lease listing today (below). Is it a worth while investment? £100k guide price.

The Short Lease listing

LEASEHOLD MAISONETTE VACANT POSSESSION
By Order of the London Borough of Enfield
Situated in a popular residential area, close to Trent Park and local shopping/ travelling facilities including Oakwood Underground Station (Picadilly Line).

A Self-Contained Purpose Built First Floor Maisonette with accommodation comprising:
Living Room
Bedroom (One)
Bedroom (Two)
Kitchen
Bathroom/WC
Leasehold for a term of 99 years from 25th December 1959 at a ground rent of £15 per annum.
Entire Vacant Possession upon completion

Short Lease

Short Lease, no problem

 

The maths

Its no secret that with only 46 years on lease most normal lenders will not lend.
So cash invest it.
£100,000 invested (if can buy for guide)
Rent: £13200 (based on asking rental for same flat few doors down)

46 years means over £600k income
Take out your £100k with saving account interest over first 8 years

Leaves £500k, yes half a million for not doing anything

The twist 

Call PropVestment and we will show you how to pull out your full £100k in 6 months and keep the property forever. Free lifetime Income

RESULTS – Short Lease
After publishing this article, one of our most read articles of all time, the property ended up fetching £187,000 in the auction and the buyer could extend the short lease to a whole 125 years for another £36,000.
Overall this ended up being a high price to pay for an property of this type however the buyer saw the future scope and realised that short lease should not stop you picking up a good property.

 

PropVestment Guide: Top Tips for Property Listings

Top Tips for Property Listings

With so much online and offline marketing now available through traditional estate agent, and corner shop window listings, through to listing online or Zoopla, Right Move, Gumtree, Findaproperty etc…It is vital your listings catch the attention of viewers and then that attention must be converted into interest. Here is a basic guide of some of the essentials you must get right whether listing to sell or rent, offline or online to get maximum impact.

  • Be Simple & Truthful
  • Lots of Photos & Map
  • Eye catching Title
  • Appropriate contact information
  • Content
  • Technology, Video & Social Media Read more

Today: New Laws for Landlords, All Tenancy agreements upto £100k become ASTs

Landlords and tenants should be aware of significant new changes around tenancy agreements as of October 1, according to The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS).

From Today, shorthold tenancies where the annual rental amount is above £25,000, but not more than £100,000 a year, will become Assured Shorthold Tenancies and this will apply retrospectively.

However, tenancy deposit protection should not apply retrospectively and, therefore, only new deposits and renewals taken on or after October 1 will definitely need to be protected. The advice from The DPS is to protect all deposits now as it is better to be safe than sorry.

Going forward, this closes a loophole that previously left many of the most vulnerable tenants with no protection. Higher rate tenancies were not originally included under tenancy deposit legislation, which only covered ASTs up to £25,000. Tenancies valued higher than this were seen as contractual tenancies and deposits did not need to be protected.

But this situation, according to The DPS, left some groups such as students or large house-shares vulnerable.

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is calling for all landlords, and tenants, to be aware of this change and also to protect themselves until there has been clarity in this policy area.

This does mean extra paper work for Landlords but it is better to be safe than sorry, the procedure of registering and updating details on the DPS website is very easy and straight forward, http://www.depositprotection.com/

Your tenants can also check if they are covered and overall gives a Landlord a much more professional impression. Make sure you are registered and upto date with all the latest legislation. Do not hesitate to email us: info@PropVestment.com if require any advice, its free!

HMO: Huge Money Opportunity?

Although Multiple Occupancy can achieve huge rewards in the form of rents, in particular student lets, Landlords must take the required legal procedures to ensure it is all above board. In our experience it is easy to gain over 50% premium on rental income under HMO. There are now professional agents that can take care of the managements and legalities but here are some basics you must know. Licenses are only £335, so get them and don’t risk fines or prosecution when the outlay is so small.

The returns can significant, raising the ROI above any other residential investment, letting are very easy through university listing or sites such as www.spareroom.com.  Please get the relevant advice and don’t take short cuts in the pursuit of profits.

After reading this nitty gritty we offer a fantastic investment opportunity at the bottom of the article.

Here is the Basics

What is an HMO?

HMO stands for House in Multiple Occupation and generally refers to one of the following:

  • A house split into bedsits
  • A house or flat share where each tenant has their own tenancy agreement
  • Students living in shared accommodation Read more

Where to Invest your Money: Property or Pension?

Property is the way

Lots of companies have massive holes, gaps, shortfalls in their pension funds because the stock market has performed so badly, or the decisions made on where to invest have been very poor by the company.

If you are like the masses you probably have a defined contribution pension scheme.  The risk falls 100% to you. All the scheme defines is what you have to give them!

Let us do the maths, making a few assumptions along the way, based on our experiences. Read more

Landlords: How to Protect Against Bad Tenants

In these modern times, where recession has bitten and made people desperate and bitter, we have a new phenomenon: The Professional Bad Tenant.

They go from property to property without paying any rent, leaving bills and council tax arrears, and they successfully do it for a living, leaving behind a trial of innocent landlords in debt.

Unfortunately, this is becoming common practice, and these professionals seem to be getting away with it. How do they do it? These professionals have become all too familiar with the legal system and know every trick in the book. Every time a landlord attempts to evict them, they appeal with various excuses for example “I didn’t pay rent because the property was in bad condition.”

The problem is, every time a tenant appeals eviction, the process of eviction is lengthened because the court needs to look into the issue before being able to dismiss it. The claims usually get dismissed because they’re fictional, but by the time each appeal goes to court, months and months pass, leaving the landlord severely out of pocket while the tenant still remains. The system definitely isn’t perfect by a long way, but it is what it is, unfortunately. Sometimes as a Landlord you almost wish it was like the good old days where you could send a couple of big lads round to shake the rent out or throw the tenant out, however that is not something that is advised or endorsed my us.

Top Tips:

1. Be wary of cash payers

2. Don’t accept the first tenant that comes along to avoid costs

3. Take into consideration your tenants employment and social status

4. Credit Checks

5. Employment records

6. Be Wary of DSS tenants

7. Get References

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What the new shorthold tenancy classifications for UK private property landlords means

  • Deposit guarantee scheme for all properties earning upto £100k rental per annum
  • Failure to do so in 14days means no Section 21 (eviction order) can be served
  • Fines up to three times the original deposit
  • Student accommodation and multiple occupancy also affected
  • Advice: Use a reputable and experience lettings agent, email info@propvestment.com for our quote and special offers.
  • New legislation mainly affects high rental properties in particularly in London
  • Extra Red Tape that makes it difficult for honest, reputable Landlords

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