Liverpool Property News

  • Days of Christmas | Oh! Christmas tree

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Dec 7, 2023, 11:00 AM

    Resplendent with twinkling lights and cherished ornaments, the Christmas tree is a symbol of warmth, tradition, and the spirit of giving.

    The average Christmas tree will grow for 15 years before it's ready for sale. In the same time frame, rents have lit up by ...

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  • Autumn Statement 2023 Key headlines

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Nov 25, 2023, 10:30 AM

    In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced support for low-income renters by raising the Local Housing Allowance to cover the lower 30% of rents. This will give 1.6 million households an average of £800 of support.

    Cuts to employee National Insurance from 12% to 10% ...

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  • First-time buyer funding

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Nov 9, 2023, 11:00 AM

    The average deposit paid by a first-time buyer was £43,693. Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost two-thirds (63%) were in the top 40% income bracket.

    Just over two thirds (68%) of first-time buyers paid less than a 20% deposit, while a fortunate 5% were mortgage-free.

    85% reported funding ...

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  • Rental affordability

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Oct 21, 2023, 13:00 PM

    Although earnings in the south of England are generally higher than in other parts of the country, anyone needing to rent a home, will have to give up a higher proportion of their income just to cover the rent.

    ‘Rental affordability’ is a good indicator ...

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  • More renters are small business owners

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Oct 6, 2023, 12:30 PM

    Newly released data from the 2021 census shows that there were significant changes in the make-up of people living in the private rental sector in the last decade.

    There was a 17% jump in the proportion of private sector renters working in higher managerial and ...

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  • Transactions and prices – moving in tandem but to different scales

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Sep 18, 2023, 11:00 AM

    There were just over one million residential sales across England and Wales in the year to end July. This is -11.4% below the volume a year ago.

    Whilst it is lower than the high transaction volumes experienced during the pandemic, it is only 7.8% below ...

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  • Only 24% of second homes are used solely for that purpose

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Aug 30, 2023, 14:00 PM

    Latest data from the English Housing Survey reveals that there are 3.3 million second homes. Of that, the vast majority are rented out (69%).

    A small portion are second homes which are due to be rented out or sold shortly (6%) and a very small ...

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  • Outlook for the housing market and wider UK economy

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Aug 11, 2023, 10:00 AM

    Monitoring the outlook of various economic indicators gives us a good view on both the current and future direction of the UK’s housing market.

    With 14 consecutive interest rate rises, the Bank Base rate reached 5.25% in August. Latest projections are that rates are likely ...

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  • Playing the long game

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jul 24, 2023, 15:00 PM

    The Ashes are over for another year but with the cricket season still very much in play, we take a nostalgic look at changes in the housing market over previous series.

    The last time England won the Ashes was eight years ago in 2015 at ...

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  • Renters planning to stay longer

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jul 7, 2023, 14:00 PM

    The average length for an initial rental contract in Q2 2023 was 12.7 months, up from 10.5 during the same period in 2019. Renters are planning to stay for longer, in part due to low levels of stock and rising rents in the open market....

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  • Perfect picnicking

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jun 20, 2023, 14:00 PM

    The start of British Summer Time, coincides with National Picnic week, a picnic being a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends.

    More than 27.6 million homes, the equivalent to 95% are within a 10-minute walk of an accessible public park, garden, ...

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  • Community matters

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell May 29, 2023, 15:00 PM

    The 1st–7th June is National Volunteers' Week across the UK. It is estimated that over half of all those aged 16+ in England and Wales have volunteered at least once in the past 12 months, around one in three volunteering at least once per month....

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  • Mortgage rates fallen despite interest rate rises

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell May 13, 2023, 13:00 PM

    Analysis of mortgage interest rates in recent times shows that while the base rate of interest has risen, mortgage rates for those seeking to purchase have fallen back from their autumn peak.

    Average fixed rate mortgage rates had fallen back to their lowest since the ...

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  • Snakes alive – 55 days to sell

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Apr 26, 2023, 15:00 PM

    At 55 days, the average time taken to sell a property (from listing to sold subject to contract) is nearly two weeks faster than the last so-called 'normal' market of 2019 (67 days).

    Rightmove report the number of sales agreed in March 2023 is just ...

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  • Census 2021 and the change in number of rooms

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Apr 10, 2023, 13:00 PM

    Open-plan living has become a huge trend over recent times for both renovations and new build housing. Fewer walls create additional light and space and more sociable living.

    The recent 2021 census data has hinted at the massive impact this trend has had. The number ...

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  • Spring forward for home sales

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Mar 20, 2023, 14:00 PM

    Mid-March marks the start of spring, long acknowledged as the best time to sell your home.

    Rightmove report demand levels are currently 6% higher than in 2019, and with the Easter holidays just a few weeks away, now is a great time to get your ...

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  • EPC 'C' – a long-term vision

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Mar 3, 2023, 10:30 AM

    As part of their Net Zero Review, the government is proposing that all homes sold will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of 'C' by 2033.

    Virtually all (96%) of new build dwellings in 2022 achieved an EPC rating of 'A' or 'B'. ...

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  • Lucky Number Seven

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Feb 14, 2023, 14:45 PM

    Seven. Considered by many a lucky number, and as a homeowner if you stay in a property for 7 years it is likely to have risen in value.

    Analysis of historic monthly house price data from Nationwide indicates that at no point since records began ...

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  • Property Market Outlook 2023

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jan 28, 2023, 10:00 AM

    Dataloft's central (main case) outlook scenario for house prices is of a market slowdown and mild price falls. Lower transaction volumes but better than suggested by recent low mortgage approvals data.

    There are reasons to be positive about the housing market and the outlook has ...

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  • Making sense of Census 2021

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jan 12, 2023, 12:15 PM

    The census began recording mortgage status in 1991. The 2021 census marks the first time the data has shown that amongst homeowners, those that are mortgage free are now in the majority.

    In the 10 years since 2011, the % of households who have become ...

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