Marketing No Comments

Gap between property supply and demand widens

The number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch increased by 22% to 382 from December to January, NAEA Propertymark’s January Housing Report has found. However, the number of properties available per member branch fell from 41 to 38, meaning the gap between supply and demand has increased.

Mark Hayward, chief executive, NAEA Propertymark, said: “It’s positive to see the New Year has brought some much-needed confidence to the market, with a significant increase in demand from house hunters following the General Election result.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your Mortgage requirements, please click here to get in touch

“As the Spring Budget fast approaches, we hope to see housing as a priority for the new Chancellor.

“A clear strategy is needed to tackle key issues such as stamp duty costs, which needs to be addressed in its entirety to encourage more frequent moves, improve affordability and relax punitive financial tax on home movers.”

The number of house hunters is the highest figure seen since September 2019, when there were 387 prospective buyers registered.

The amount of properties available has fallen to its lowest level since June 2019, when there were 37.

BY RYAN BEMBRIDGE

Source: Property Wire

Marketing No Comments

Mortgage product numbers rise by 9.3%

The number of mortgage products available on the market has risen by 9.3% over the past 12 months to a record high of 14,437, according to the latest data from Mortgage Brain.

Within this increase of 1,233 products, remortgage deals saw the strongest growth, with product numbers increasing by 7.4% to a total of 9,718.

Despite the upheaval seen in the buy-to-let sector in recent years, the number of products for landlords to choose from has still grown by 4.5% since February 2019 to 4,263.

Product numbers rose across all LTV bands, with deals available at an LTV of 70% or more seeing the sharpest uplift.

There are 9,350 deals to choose from at this level, an increase of 15.1% since February 2019.

At the other end of the scale, the number of products available to borrowers at 90% LTV has grown by 3.2% over this time period.

Looking over a three-year period the rise in products is even more significant, with the total number of mortgage deals on the market jumping by 72.7%.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your BTL Mortgage please click here

This rise is most pronounced in buy-to-let, with product numbers rising by 2,007 (89%).

Mark Lofthouse, chief executive officer of Mortgage Brain, said: “Mortgage borrowers are the big beneficiaries of the heightened competition within the mortgage market now, with a greater level of choice than ever before.

“What’s more, this increase isn’t limited to a single area of the market, with products of all types and across all LTV bands seeing an uplift over the last year.

“The sheer number of deals to choose from demonstrates the value provided by mortgage brokers in helping their clients navigate these competitive waters.

“But they too need to think carefully about what technology they can use to help them sift through the many home loans lenders have on offer.”

By Jessica Nangle

Source: Mortgage Introducer

Marketing No Comments

Residential property sales jump up to hit a three-year high for January

HMRC has recorded the highest number of transactions for the month of January for three years.

The taxman’s provisional UK property transaction data for January, based on Stamp Duty returns, records 102,810 sales for the first month of the year on a seasonally adjusted basis.

This is up 5.2% annually and the highest level for the month since 102,880 were recorded in January 2017.

The figure is up 12.7% annually on a non-adjusted or ‘actual’ basis to 88,850.

Sales volumes were up annually across all regions, increasing 13.2% in Northern Ireland, 12.3% in Wales and 12.7% in both England and Scotland.

Stamp Duty returns must now be sent to HMRC 14 days after a property sale completes and the taxman takes a snapshot of the data two weeks into a month.

This means that many of these sales will have been completed around the time of the General Election in December, although some may have been through the exchange and completion process before then.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your Residential Mortgage please click here

HMRC has warned that its latest figures need to be treated with caution because of the element of estimation.

Commenting on the data, Andy Sommerville, director of conveyancing software provider Search Acumen, said: “The start of the year saw a slight uplift in the property market as the backlog of transactions that were put on hold at the end of 2019 start to be unleashed, given the improved political climate at the very end of last year.

“As the market picks up, we need to look at one of the chief impediments to the transaction process, namely the length and complexity of the conveyancing process.

“Smart solutions and better use of data can help. With the right technology, property lawyers can process more orders faster and with greater accuracy.

“We can’t just hope for better days. We need to capitalise on the technology available now and shake up the sector.”

By MARC SHOFFMAN

Source: Property Industry Eye

Marketing No Comments

Buy To Let Rental Yields Highest In The North

Buy to let rental yields have been shown to be highest in the North of England, according to a new buy to let index launched by Fleet Mortgages.

The new index found that buy to let rental yields in the north rose the most in the final quarter of 2019, as demand from prospective tenants continued to heavily outstrip supply in the region.

Buy to let rental yields in the north of England reached an average of 9.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2019, up from 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Landlords in Greater London also saw their buy to let rental yields grow over the same period, enjoying a raise of 0.3 per cent, from 4.8 per cent to 5.1 per cent, while property investors in the South West saw their buy to let rental yields remain steady at 5.5 per cent.

Overall yield growth for England and Wales as a whole rose 0.7 per cent, from 5.4 per cent to 6.1 per cent, according to the index.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your BTL Mortgage please click here

The only region where landlords suffered a fall in buy to let rental yields was the North West where they dropped by 0.1 per cent but continue to offer a healthy average return of 7.4 per cent.

Distribution director at Fleet Mortgages, Steve Cox, commented: ‘Clearly, the market has shifted over the past 18-24 months as landlords get to grips with the increased costs that come with private rental sector activity, in particular the phased-in changes to mortgage interest tax relief for individual landlords.

‘Landlords now tend to look differently at their properties, with many converting single-tenancy properties into multi-tenant ones in order to secure better yields.’

He concluded: ‘These higher yields are needed in order meet those growing tax liabilities, but to also offset the increased cost of acquiring tenants and regulation. Examples of these changes include more properties being converted into self-contained flats rather than keeping the property as a larger family home.’

Source: Residential Landlord

Marketing No Comments

HMRC: Housing transactions rise in January

Housing activity increased on both a yearly and monthly basis in January, HMRC statistics show.

In January 2020 there were 102,810 residential transactions on a seasonally adjusted basis, 5.2% more than the same month last year and 4.1% more than December 2019.

Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent and a former RICS residential chairman, said: “Transactions are always a better indicator of market activity than more volatile house prices. HMRC’s report is the latest in a series of recent surveys telling a familiar story – release of pent-up demand began even before the election, which we’ve noticed in our offices too.

“The increase in transaction numbers is particularly striking as they reflect sales which were agreed mainly in September and October. If they are like this now, numbers are set to be even stronger as we approach the peak spring-buying season.

“However, the strength of any recovery will probably depend on whether enough properties become available at realistic prices for buyers taking advantage of improved affordability.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your Mortgage requirements, please click here to get in touch

“The market remains price sensitive so buyers will not pay tomorrow’s prices today.”

Joseph Daniels, founder of offsite eco developer Project Etopia, said: “The UK is finally exhibiting some get-up-and-go in terms of sales volumes.

“This is the second month in a row that the market has chalked up annual growth on a seasonally adjusted basis, and the second month in a row that the total has smashed through the 100,000 mark.

“The rate of growth also remains impressive, coming in at 5.2% for January, following 6.8% year on year growth in December. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis the annual growth rate last month hit 12.7%.”

Daniels added: “This is great news long term for first-time buyers and the wider house building industry but it needs to be sustained.

“No flash-in-the-pan rise in sales volumes is going to fix the problem of low housing stock in Britain and these green shoots need to bloom into a lasting recovery.

“The level of transactions has been down the road to ruin over the past 10 years and had fallen annually for eight straight months prior to December on a seasonally adjusted basis, but at least they now seem to be back in the ascendency.”

BY RYAN BEMBRIDGE

Source: Property Wire

Marketing No Comments

Mortgage approvals dip in January

Mortgage approvals dipped in January compared to a strong December, e.surv’s Mortgage Monitor has found.

There were 66,002 residential mortgages approved in the first month of the decade, down 1.8% from December.

Richard Sexton, director at e.surv, said: “While the market fell slightly following the December bump, rumours of a Bank of England base rate cut appear to have had little appreciable impact on the mortgage market, with a strong performance among several key buyer groups in January.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your Mortgage requirements, please click here to get in touch

“Existing homeowners benefited from low remortgage rates and were persuaded to switch to a new deal, while new buyers also swooped to seal low interest rates for their first purchase.

“The new Chancellor is due to present the government’s Spring Budget in March – the first opportunity for the Johnson government to lay out its spending plans.

“Homeowners, lenders, housebuilders, and anyone else with a stake in the UK housing market, will be watching with interest.”

Remortgage activity was strong, with small deposit-borrowers increasing its market share from 25.5% to 26.7%.

Sexton added: “January saw an increase in mortgage approvals for small deposit buyers – typically an indication that more first-time buyers have made their first step onto the property ladder.”

Source: Property Wire

Marketing No Comments

Buy To Let Mortgage Lending Ends Year On A High

Buy to let mortgage lending ended 2019 on a high, according to the latest UK Finance Mortgage Lending Trends Statistics just released.

There were 5,700 buy to let mortgages for new property purchases completed in December 2019, 3.6 per cent more than December 2018.

There were 13,300 remortgages in the buy to let sector, 2.3 per cent more than in the same month in 2018.

Buy to let lenders reacted positively to the newly released buy to let mortgage lending figures.

Shaun Church, Director at Private Finance commented: ‘After a period of continuous decline, the buy to let market is finally starting to show signs that it is regaining strength, with buy to let purchase activity up 3.6 per cent year on year. News of a strengthening buy to let market should be welcomed by landlords and renters alike. An increase in buy to let purchase activity will mean a greater supply of rental housing stock, generating more choice and more competitive prices to be enjoyed by renters up and down the UK.

To find out more about how we can assist you with your BTL Mortgage please click here

‘With the Budget around the corner, the Government might be tempted to tweak buy to let regulation further. However, with the buy to let market now more professionalised and starting to show glimmers of growth, we strongly urge the Government to focus on redressing other areas of the market which are in need of attention, primarily the challenges facing last-time buyers and second-steppers.”

Damian Thompson, Group Managing Director – Retail Finance at Aldermore, said: ‘It is encouraging that 2019 finished with the strongest quarter of the year for buy to let volumes, but the sector remains in a ‘new normal’ since the regulatory change, with a continued split between muted house purchase activity and more buoyant remortgaging.

‘Landlords have become more diversified in their needs, with many moving away from a growth strategy focusing more on portfolio management, and the sector is gradually adjusting to the shift towards professionalisation. Whatever a landlord’s future intentions, the increase in regulatory measures and more complicated mortgage applications means specialist lenders are now more vital to the market.’

Source: Residential Landlord