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.

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COMPETITION TIME

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Calling all tenants

 If you rent your home & you’re particularly proud of your garden, we’d love to see it! As it’s National Gardening Week and with Chelsea Flower Show coming up, we would like to see the BEST garden in West Oxfordshire!

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Send us a photo of your garden and on the 29th May, we’ll announce the winner .

Send entries to witney@martinco.com. Include your name, address & phone number.

Entries close midnight on Sunday 28th May 2017.

 

 

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?”

A Tale of 2 Towns – an in-depth look at the West-Oxfordshire Property Market

Are there fundamental differences in the Witney vs Carterton property markets? Let’s take a look. Both situated in rural West Oxfordshire and just under 6 miles apart you’d think they’d be very similar. Start scratching beneath the surface and some key differences start to appear: Continue reading “A Tale of 2 Towns – an in-depth look at the West-Oxfordshire Property Market”

House prices are set to grow by 3.4% in 2017

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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

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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!

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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”

Local Perspective on the Property Market

20161012-img_0068The historic Witney Blanket Hall was a stunning backdrop for the second Witney Property Seminar hosted by a range of locally based, professional businesses with experts in law, mortgages, tax, insurance and property. Continue reading “Local Perspective on the Property Market”

Cotswold Housing Affordability

A recent news article from the BBC highlighted the issues surrounding housing affordability around the country. We’ve extracted the local information to build a local picture for ease of reference. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of your salary on housing which is where the ‘affordability’ figure comes from:

Cotswold Housing Affordability

2016 continues to be a year of shocks and surprises…

The latest of which is the lowering of the interest rates in August by the Bank of England. Whilst the impact will only be felt by savers or those lucky minority with a tracker mortgage without a collar, the big question is likely to be the effect on house prices:

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