How to Beat the Tax Changes – More Rules for Landlords

Buy-to-LetMortgage.png

Landlords who own four or more mortgaged buy-to-let properties can soon expect lenders to look across their whole portfolio if they want to apply for a mortgage on a new property.

Continue reading How to Beat the Tax Changes – More Rules for Landlords

What next for West Oxfordshire property values?

The interesting times in which we live continue; political uncertainty, continued ultra-low interest rates and the creeping rise of inflation are all having an impact on local property prices. Focussing on Witney and Carterton and specifically looking at houses (excluding new builds) sold over the last 5 years, it’s interesting to note that there has been a see-saw effect: Continue reading What next for West Oxfordshire property values?

The growing market – the impact of migration and the retirement generation on West Oxfordshire property prices

Household numbers

In their election rhetoric all the political parties informed us that the UK is experiencing a ‘housing crisis’, with all promising to deliver an additional million homes by the end of 2022. But what homes are needed and for whom? Here we look at one specific and growing market, the retirement generation.

Continue reading The growing market – the impact of migration and the retirement generation on West Oxfordshire property prices

Supply of Witney Rental Property Hits Record Levels

The supply of certain types of privately rented properties in Witney is currently well above average and, in some cases, hitting record levels. This is particularly true of 2-bedroom flats and 3-bedroom houses although there has also been a spike in 2-bedroom houses. Continue reading Supply of Witney Rental Property Hits Record Levels

What is Happening with the West Oxfordshire Rental Market?

20160303-img_5080Interestingly, we’ve seen a surge in the availability of rental properties being offered in the local market. This is particularly acute in relation to 2-bedroom properties in Witney, there are now 48 listed TO LET of which 31 are flats. Once we ‘zoom out’ slightly, the picture is less worrying, with only nine 2-bed properties listed in Carterton, this is below the usual norm. Interestingly, supply currently exceeds demand for 3-bedroom houses too, but this should rebalance as families aim to move during the school holidays. Here’s the latest availability for properties in Witney to rent: Continue reading What is Happening with the West Oxfordshire Rental Market?

Are We Building Enough New Homes?

Since the 1970s, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have largely been on a downward trajectory.

The long-run average (over the last 50 years) for starts and completions has been around 190,000 per annum but after the global financial crisis lows of 93,000 (starts) per annum and 113,000 per annum (completions) had been reached.

Enough New Homes Continue reading Are We Building Enough New Homes?

The Six Secrets of Fabulous Property Photography

There are many elements that go into making great property photography; the weather, equipment, the skill and experience of the photographer. But, did you know that there many ways you can increase the chances of achieving fantastic images of your home? You need to ensure the images of your house not only do it justice, but also, more importantly, indicate the kind of lifestyle that a buyer can aspire to. Here are some of our suggestions to do just that:

Lavender Cottage.jpg

Continue reading The Six Secrets of Fabulous Property Photography

How has the affordability of Oxfordshire housing changed over the last 14 years?

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have just released their latest figures regarding housing affordability ratios. These are calculated by dividing house prices by gross annual residence-based earnings and can be used to track how affordable average homes are across Oxfordshire. Continue reading How has the affordability of Oxfordshire housing changed over the last 14 years?

Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?

homes-constructed-offsite

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government are committed to delivering a million new homes by 2020. Yet with limited land availability, rising costs and shortage of skilled labour the government and the house building industry need to become innovative with regards to how housing is built if those targets are to be met. Continue reading Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?

House prices are set to grow by 3.4% in 2017

house-price-growth-2017
The OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) predict that house prices will increase by 3.4% during 2017. This would make the average home across England and Wales £236,890 by the end of the year, a rise in value of £7,789. Continue reading House prices are set to grow by 3.4% in 2017

The Impact of Building Houses vs Flats

see-sawing

The balance of new build flats and houses swings dramatically over time at the national level. While we would expect to see differences between localities based on their size, setting and the dynamics of their local population the impact of government policy on the type of homes we build is highly significant. Continue reading The Impact of Building Houses vs Flats

Looking back – Witney property prices have performed well above average in recent times

I recently wrote about the benefits of living and working in West Oxfordshire and, in particular, Witney. I thought it would be worth reflecting on how the property market has performed and look in detail at the Witney market. Over the last 10+ years, it’s unsurprising that the South-East has been the best performing region excluding London: Continue reading Looking back – Witney property prices have performed well above average in recent times

5 Reasons to buy property in Witney

  1. Supplyput simply, there aren’t enough houses being built locally. The Local Plan has identified that c.660 new homes need to be built in West Oxfordshire every year until 2031 but there have been fewer than this built over the previous years and there is no prospect of this changing in the immediate future. Did you know – West Oxfordshire is the second most sparsely populated district in South-East England!

construction

 

Continue reading 5 Reasons to buy property in Witney

Witney November Market Summary

witney-av-property-values-nov-16

For the full report on market trends, average values in Witney over the last 12 months and what the sales market has been up to most recently, click here.

If you would like to speak to one of our experienced staff for some exert advice, please call us on 01993 708638.

Witney & West Oxfordshire Housing Development Update

burford-high-streetThere’s an awful lot going on currently as the next iteration of the Local Plan 2031 continues to take shape. This will impact the delivery of housing in Witney and West Oxfordshire from the immediate term and into the future. Witney itself has more than doubled its population in the last 30 years with significant extensions to the north, west and east of the town. Continue reading Witney & West Oxfordshire Housing Development Update

Just how active is the Witney property market?

I saw an article recently highlighting the most active housing markets in the UK and this made me wonder how Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas compared.

turnover-league-tables Continue reading Just how active is the Witney property market?