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”

National Sales & Lettings Report

For a free copy of the very latest sales and lettings report, please click the link at the bottom of this post. The national report covers:

  • Overview of sales and lettings markets
  • Latest statistics on rent values and tenant demographics
  • Landlord sentiment post-Brexit and Stamp Duty reform

We hope you’ll find this to be an interesting and informative read. Don’t forget our latest Cotswold report is packed with local information to help you navigate the property maze.

LATEST SALES & LETTINGS REPORT

We look forward to hearing from you

Brendan Kay
Managing Director – Martin & Co Witney and Cirencester
brendan.kay@martinco.com

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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

Pay Upfront, Pay Twice – Online Agency

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Fly to Marseille for £2.99 – I suspect that I’m not the only person that has been suckered into a slick, headline deal offering something that rarely reflects reality. The trusted service industry works largely on a model whereby a customer pays for a service once it has been delivered. Many of the new online agents take lump payment upfront in return for offering a ‘saving’, but does this really represent value for money? Continue reading “Pay Upfront, Pay Twice – Online Agency”

How the Referendum might affect UK Property

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The EU referendum has been the centre of attention across most industries for the last month, and property is no exception.

Shortly before the pivotal vote on the 23rd June, the NAEA, ARLA and CEBR have released prospective house price figures in the event of both a Remain and Leave vote. Continue reading “How the Referendum might affect UK Property”