Colchester leasehold properties have traditionally been flats or commercial premises but that’s changing as the percentage of leasehold properties increases. There are 23.36 million properties in England and Wales. 64% are owner occupied and 36% are rented from a private landlord, local authority or housing associations. Over 90% of English and Welsh owner-occupied properties are … Read moreColchester Leasehold Properties Now 1 in 14
According to the Land Registry’s latest House Price Index for Colchester and the surrounding locality, the value of Colchester apartments and flats are rising at a faster rate than terraced and town houses, semi-detached properties and even detached property. Over the past year Colchester apartments and flats have increased in value by 13.63%, which is … Read moreColchester Apartments Outperform Property Market Average by 12%
Over the last decade the birth rate has continued to rise adding ever more pressure on Colchester’s green belt land and the already overstretched Colchester property market. 3.11 babies were born for every new home built in the Colchester Council area during 2016. Inevitably this means more demand for housing and, along with other reasons … Read moreOver 3 Babies Born For Each New Home Built in the Colchester Area
With the general election campaigning in full swing one thing is certain – whoever gets the job to deal with Brexit has a tough job on their hands! Now Article 50 has been triggered, we have two years to make a deal with the EU or we will be facing a “Hard Brexit”. By refusing … Read moreHard Brexit Could Cause 1,800 Properties to be Dumped Onto the Colchester Property Market
There are 50,106 households in Colchester. Of those, 13,421 homes are owned outright (without a mortgage), and 16,834 homes are owned with a mortgage. I’ve been asked by landlords and friends how I think the timing and outcome of the general election will affect the Colchester property market so here’s my analysis… Often the best … Read moreHow Will the General Election Affect Colchester Homeowners?
The question of forced OAP downsizing was raised following my recent “Generation Trapped” post about Colchester OAPs stuck in their family homes. It’s obviously unthinkable to force OAPs to downsize but it does throw up the question of whether the government needs to use a carrot AND stick approach to change the status quo. After … Read moreShould Colchester OAPs be Forced To Downsize?
Every day over twelve thousand people travel through Colchester train station, according to the latest Office of Rail & Road statistics, which works out to a staggering 4.5 million journeys a year. Although it isn’t immediately obvious it’s not always the swankiest Colchester streets or poshest villages around Colchester where properties sell and let the … Read moreHow Does Colchester Train Station Affect the Colchester Property Market?
There’s a lot of interest and speculation about the prospects for the rental property market post Brexit. Understanding what happened during the credit crunch, and what has happened since, should help us better understand the possible ramifications for rental income and property values for long-term investors in the Colchester property market. The performance of rental … Read moreColchester Rents Up 19% Since 2005 But Down 20% in Real Terms!
The best measure of housing affordability in Colchester is the ratio of Colchester Property Prices to Colchester Average Wages. The higher the ratio, the less affordable properties are. The headline ratio of 9.6:1 is the estimated figure for 2016. Looking at the table below we can see housing affordability in Colchester has been relatively stable … Read moreColchester Housing Affordability Ratio 9.6 to 1
With plenty of interest in properties for sale in Colchester I thought now would be a good time to take a snapshot of the Colchester property market in Colchester for the first quarter of 2017. When we look at the number of properties for sale, their asking prices, and the price properties actually sell for … Read moreProperties For Sale in Colchester Up 28% Good or Bad News?