- The latest NAEA report suggests that some first-time buyers, particularly in areas outside of London are pushing themselves further in order to maximise the benefit of stamp duty relief. In this way, they suggest, they are skipping the traditional first home and making the jump straight up the ladder to what might previously have been their second purchase, thus also saving on future stamp duty costs.
- While shrewd of first-time buyers, if this becomes more widespread, pressure is likely to intensify on next rung of the ladder making it harder for those true ‘second-steppers’ who wish to move up the ladder out of their first home.
The latest data from the ONS suggests that the volume of property transactions in Oxfordshire have plummeted. 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. Continue reading “Oxfordshire Property Sales Plummet”
Supply & Demand – Population
Local government forecasts predict a 29% increase in the population of the Witney area over the next 10 years. Coupled with the exceptionally low rate at which we are building new homes and sales volumes (the number of properties sold) dropped by 19% in 2017 (compared with 2016) and the market fundamentals remain out of balance. Continue reading “Looking ahead – Predictions for the West Oxfordshire Property Market in 2018”
On 9th November 2017, four professionals from some of Oxfordshire’s local businesses gathered together to present at the historic Witney Blanket Hall on investing in Oxfordshire property.
If you would like to download the slides from the presentation, you can do so here – http://bit.ly/seminarslides
Ten years on from the housing crash and it’s worth taking stock and looking back. Counter-intuitively, in 58% of wards, residential properties are selling for less now, after accounting for inflation, than they were in 2007. Continue reading “Rose Tinted Spectacles? Looking back at the crash…10 years on”
The ONS has just released average house price data per square metre for properties across England. At a regional level, a buyer in London should expect to pay around £6,639 per square metre (£617 per square foot). More locally, we’ve identified the cost in £/ metre and feet – depending on your vintage! Continue reading “How Much?! UK Average Property Prices £/m2”
Would you like to know more about investing in local property? Whether you’re a seasoned landlord, just dipping your toe in the water or on a fact finding mission then this event is essential to get all the latest facts, tips and critical information to get the very best advice about investing in property in West Oxfordshire. Our panel of experts from local, Witney businesses are on hand to dispense free advice at 6pm on Thursday 9th November at the historic Witney Blanket Hall. Experts from Everyman Legal (solicitors), M Group (accountants), Martin & Co (local property experts) and London & Country (mortgages) will be on hand after the 1 hour presentation to answer any further queries you may have. We’ll even provide something to eat and drink!
Please register now for your free tickets as spaces are limited: witneypropertynews.com or look on Facebook for Martin & Co Witney for more details
- Research for BBC’s Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour has named the English local authority of West Oxfordshire as the best place to live in England if you are a woman.
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.
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”
Interestingly, 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?”
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.
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?”
Source: Homelet Rental Index (January 2017 data)
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”
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”
Over the last five years, house prices in Witney have grown 37%!
Click here to see MORE of the latest trends in the UK housing market, with a detailed focus on Witney.
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”