- 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.
As with so many festive traditions, the twelve days of Christmas leading to Twelfth night are familiar, even if their roots seem a little shrouded. Generally recognised as the period been Christmas day and the Coming of the Epiphany the period marked the traditional length of Christmas festivities. Pagan beliefs also explain the tradition of taking down festive decorations on Twelfth Night. These decorations often took the form of evergreen foliage (typically holly and ivy) and some believed that tree spirits sheltered in the decorative sprigs. Removing them either before or after Twelfth Night came to be regarded as unlucky as the disgruntled spirits would exact a toll in the following year’s crops! Continue reading “Twelfth Night”
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
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
I was recently asked by WODC to put together a brief paper on the local Private Rented Sector (PRS) to help inform a cabinet level debate. Having done the legwork I thought I’d share my findings with you as some light reading. The aim of this is to help any potential buy-to-let investors make an informed decision about the type of property to purchase. Continue reading “What Property Makes the BEST Investment in West Oxfordshire?”
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.
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?”
- Supply – put 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!
Since late last year there have been various legal changes in terms of the provision/testing of alarms and monitors in residential rental properties. These changes include the following:- Continue reading “Smoke Alarms…Is your rental property compliant?”
From 2018, the legal requirement for all privately rented properties in England and Wales will be to have an EPC rating of E or above. Continue reading “Will you need to spend an extra £5000 to make your rental property legal?”
The 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”
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:
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”
A question often asked by landlords is ‘I have just bought a new property and have had to fix it up – is this income tax deductible?’ Continue reading “TAX TIPS – Clearing up some confusion around Pre-Letting costs”
Looking to invest in property? Whether you’re new to the industry or have been investing in property for some time, check out our Top Tips for landlords when looking for that next investment property.