Residential market shows strong momentum
The latest UK Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shows a sharp acceleration in house price inflation, with the strongest reading reported at national level since 2016. The survey shows that all parts of the UK, with the exception of London, have seen price increases to some extent. The survey also found a net balance of 63% of respondents reported an increase in buyer interest and new instructions similarly saw a jump, with +46% of survey respondents seeing an increase in properties being listed. The pandemic appears to have caused a shift in the requirement for certain types of property; 83% of respondents anticipate demand will increase over the next two years for homes with gardens, 79% expect to see an increased demand for properties near green space and a net balance of +68% expect more people desiring private/less communal outdoor space…..
Best buy-to-let yield locations revealed
Research from Zoopla which compared average rents for two-bedroom properties, has found that the top ten hotspots for high rental yields are all in Northern England or Scotland, where lower house prices play a major role. The top four regions are Middlesborough, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Inverclyde, which each provide a gross rental yield of 7.7%, compared to the UK average yield of 5.2%. Glasgow and Stirling, with yields of 7.6% and 7.5% respectively were also on the lst, making Scotland the clear winner in the hotspots list…..
Overhaul of the shared ownership scheme
The government has announced an overhaul of the shared ownership scheme in a bid to help more first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.Under shared ownership, buyers purchase a small stake in their home and pay a subsidised rent to a housing association on the remaining portion. By gradually buying extra portions of the property, known as ‘staircasing’, a shared owner can eventually own it outright…..