In these days of Brexit induced uncertainty, I’m frequently asked “exactly what is happening to the Colchester property market at the moment”. According to HMRC, there were 101,780 residential property transactions recorded (on a seasonally adjusted basis) in February this year. This was the highest level since August 2017. At the time of writing, this … Read moreFirst up-tick in property transactions in over a year
Chatting to a Colchester landlord client recently we got onto the subject of how the Colchester property rental market had changed over the past 10 years or so. I was able to explain that one example of this is that the average age for first-time mums and dads is 29 and 33 respectively, while the … Read moreGeneration rent becomes generation parent.
The degree to which young Colchester people are locked out of the Colchester housing market has been revealed in new statistics. A Colchester landlord asked me recently to what effect homeownership rates in Colchester in the early to middle-aged adult age range had affected the demand for rental property since the Millennium. I knew anecdotally … Read moreHome ownership amongst Colchester’s young adults slumps to 46%
One of the most frequently asked questions anyone involved in the local property market hears is “What’s happening to the Colchester Property Market?“. It’s an easy conversation starter but having answered the question so many times and bearing in mind my penchant for research I’ve come to the conclusion there isn’t just one big Colchester property … Read moreColchester 3 Speed Micro Property Markets
Today I’m going to look at several popular “home truths” about property ownership in Colchester, and the UK in general, to see whether the statistics back them up. This home truths blog post was inspired by a conversation with a retired mortgage-free Colchester homeowner concerned about the lack of opportunities for the younger generation to … Read moreColchester Property Ownership Home Truths or Fake News?
Last week, in part 1, Colchester Baby Boomers £6 Billion+ Windfall Unfair? we explored Louise’s contention that Millennials (people born after ~1985) were suffering at the hands of the older generation in Colchester who had benefited from the cumulative increase in the value of Colchester properties over the last 25 to 30 years. In addition, … Read moreMillennials Versus Baby Boomers in Colchester (Part 2 of 2)
I was recently chatting to fellow baby boomers at a family get-together. We hadn’t met since we were teenagers so there were partners, pets and grown up children which makes you realise how fast time flies. I was reminiscing about the “good old days” of 20% inflation, the 3 day week, 15% interest rates and the … Read moreColchester Baby Boomers £6 Billion+ Windfall Unfair? (Part 1 of 2)
First-time buyers are important for both landlords and homeowners. If first-time buyers aren’t buying, they still need a roof over their heads, so they rent – which is good news for landlords. If they buy, demand for Colchester starter homes goes up – which makes it easier for other Colchester homeowners to move up the … Read moreColchester First-Time Buyers Could Face 50 Year Mortgages!
It’s been clear for some time the rate of rental inflation (how much rents are rising by) has eased, in real terms, over the last year. I discussed this in my recent tenant fees ban post. My recent research shows rents, in some parts of the UK, have actually dropped for the first time in … Read moreColchester Buy To Let Long Term Predictions
When George Osborne announced plans to restrain the buy to let (BTL) market, back in November 2015, his aim was to take the pressure off aspiring first time buyers competing with landlords for the limited number of first time properties on the market. It’s unlikely he expected landlords to open a BTL limited company to … Read moreSurge in Colchester Landlords Setting up BTL Limited Companies