Monthly Archives: January 2018

Property Prices for 6 Nations Countries

House prices can’t predict rugby or can they?! Last year’s first and second placed teams were also top of the leaderboard in terms of annual house price growth.

  • The six nations 2018 Championship gets underway at the weekend with England looking to defend their 2017 title.
  • Should the same occur this year, based on current rates of annual house price growth, it looks like Ireland will swap places with England as Champions.
  • No chance…..20180130-6_Nations_Rugby.png

How Much More? New Build ££

  • Historically, experience tells us that the premium paid for new build properties increases in a strong market but narrows again in a slower market as developers reduce prices in order to achieve sales.
  • While not directly comparing like for like, it does raise some interesting questions. Few would say that 2017 was a particularly strong year for the market and yet the new build premium continues to rise.

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Energy Efficiency – the Impact on Tenants

  • From 1st April, all new rental leases and renewals of tenancies will be required to have an energy performance rating of at least E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). For existing tenancies, the regulations come into force on 1st April 2020.
  • The majority of landlords are well prepared, but we calculate that around 7% of properties let in 2017 still need to be brought up to the standard required. Best prepared are London landlords where just 4.9% of properties let last year were lower than an E rating, while in the South West more than 10% of properties did not meet the standard.
  • We wondered how much tenants are prepared to pay for energy efficiency. Properties across England and Wales let in 2017 with an energy performance rating of E achieved 3.1% more per square foot than properties let with an F or G rating. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average of £360 per year.
  • At the top of the scale, properties with an A or B rating achieved, on average, 31% more per square foot than F and G rated properties in 2017. On an 800 square foot property, this equates to an average premium of £3,600 per year.
  • For an in-depth look at the average EPC of properties across West Oxfordshire, have a look at our earlier blog on the subject at West Oxon Energy Efficiency20180129-EPC_Graphic

Oxfordshire Property Sales Plummet

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The latest data from the ONS suggests that the volume of property transactions in Oxfordshire have plummeted[1]. Across the County as a whole, 26% fewer properties have been sold than 12 months previously whilst values have risen in line with inflation and crept up +2.7% to an average of £356,262. This compares with an average price of £243,339 (up +5.3%) across England. Read more