Build-to-rent is still on the rise in London


Nearly half of Londoners are living in rented accommodation and this will surely increase according to study.

On the basis of current trends, the Centre for Housing Policy at York university estimates that by 2040 up to one-third of 60-year-olds will rent privately. Government data show that at present just 4 per cent of pensioners and 8 per cent of those aged 55 to 64 live in privately rented accommodation.

The proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds who rent privately has been stable at about a third over two decades but has risen notably for 35 to 44-year-olds, from 16 per cent to about 25 per cent now. Young people also spend more on housing costs (a third of their income on average, the Resolution Foundation reports) than did youthful baby boomers (a fifth) and the rent they pay will often go directly to the pension income of their retired landlords.

London’s house prices face drop if Brexit no deal goes ahead


The UK’s housing market will undergo a “modest correction” if the country leaves the European Union without a deal, with the biggest fall seen in London, a Reuters poll has predicted.

The survey of 25 market watchers conducted last week forecast that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, prices would drop nationally by 1%.

The correction would be most exaggerated in London’s overvalued market, where average prices could fall by 3% in the six months after the 29 March, if the UK crashes out.

Khan approves plans for 1.4bn Croydon regeneration


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given the go ahead on the final plans for a new £1.4 billion Westfield shopping centre in Croydon.

Croydon Council approved the plans back in November, but because of the scale of the scheme Mr Khan was given the final say.

Mr Khan said the shopping centre, which is a joint venture by Westfield and Hammerson, will “unlock Croydon’s potential”.

Taxman’s £700m stamp duty windfall as buy-to-let bounces back

Property Stamp Duty UK

One in four properties bought in the third quarter of this year was a second home or buy-to-let, according to Government statistics released today.

For the first time, official data revealing the precise proportion of homes sold to investors or second home-buyers is available thanks to the stamp duty surcharge applying from April.

95% of banks still lending in UK post-Brexit vote


The willingness to lend against UK commercial property will not be impacted by the result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, according to the latest instalment of the Cushman & Wakefield European Lending Trends report.

The fourth edition of the Cushman & Wakefield report released today is based on survey responses of 50 major, active lenders from across Europe and considers views on recent activity as well as trends expected over the next six months.

Housing market facing decline after Brexit


The UK housing market is set for a decline in sales as buyers “wait and see” what will happen after the Brexit referendum vote, according to property experts.

It has been suggested mortgages could be more expensive and harder to obtain as lenders plan to tighten controls on lending during the period of uncertainty.

The London property market is expected to be the hardest hit after demand outstripped supply forcing prices to skyrocket.

Transaction Slump Across Majority of UK says Agency Express


There is a slowdown in homes coming to the market and in those selling according to data from Agency Express based on its board activity.

National ‘Sold’ figures declined for a third consecutive month, down 4.4 per cent, with new ‘For Sale’ listings down 3.7 per cent.

Agency Express says that while a slowdown during May is not unusual the decline is greater than years previous, although figures may still be somewhat distorted by the stamp duty changes.