Liverpool Property News

  • Interest rate forecast

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Sep 9, 2021, 11:00 AM
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    The low interest rate environment the UK has experienced for over the past decade is set to remain, although rates are anticipated to rise.

    The consensus forecast, based on the expectations of 18 different city and non-city analysts, expects interest rates will nudge slightly higher ...

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  • First-time buyer surge

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Aug 23, 2021, 12:30 PM
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    A record 45,965 Help-to-Buy equity loans were issued to first-time buyers in the year to the end of March 2021, as appetite from first-time buyers (FTBs) continues.

    Over one third of property purchased by FTBs has been priced £200,000 or less, with over half of ...

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  • Housing demand

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Aug 6, 2021, 09:45 AM
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    The Dataloft Demand Index shows housing demand is currently 22% higher than a year ago, as housing market momentum continues to be bouyant.

    Demand fell 7% following the SDLT and Land Transaction Tax deadline on 30th June, but remains higher than a year ago. Buyers ...

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  • 1 in 8 plan to move within 5 years

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jul 16, 2021, 10:30 AM
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    One in every eight home movers across the UK expects to be in their new home for less than 5 years, over one third for a decade or less.

    Over half of home buyers aged up to 34 expect to move again within a decade, ...

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  • +One million new dwellings

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jun 30, 2021, 11:30 AM
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    Over 1.3 million new dwellings have been added to the housing stock across England and Wales over the past 5 years, according to data released this week by the MHCLG and Stats Wales.

    The majority of new dwellings, over 1.1 million are in the private ...

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  • As demand outstrips supply, list your property now

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jun 14, 2021, 13:00 PM
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    Now is a great time to sell your home as there is a huge shortage of properties available for sale, and house prices are higher than ever.

    Housing market demand is up 28.6% yet available properties to buy are down 20.8% (YTD vs 2020, Zoopla). ...

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  • First-time buyers benefit from Help-to-Buy

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell May 31, 2021, 10:30 AM
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    Over 265,000 first-time buyers (FTBs) in England and Wales have benefitted from government Help-to-Buy Equity Loan schemes since they were introduced in April 2013 and January 2014 respectively.

    82% of all HTB equity loan property purchases between April 2013 and December 2020 have been to ...

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  • High value homes soar

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell May 17, 2021, 11:00 AM
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    Data from the HMRC and the Welsh Revenues Authority indicate high value sales rocketed in the final three months of 2020 and into 2021, buyers saving money thanks to the Stamp Duty Holiday.

    Over 54,000 homes sold in England with a price tag in excess ...

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  • Consumer confidence bounces back

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Apr 24, 2021, 10:30 AM
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    The PwC consumer confidence index is at its highest level since the index started in 2008. The first quarter of 2021 marks the first time the index has been in positive territory since pre-pandemic.

    The index stands at +8, higher than the previous record of ...

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  • Constructions and completions levels

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Apr 9, 2021, 10:30 AM
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    Private new home starts across England rose 17% year on year in the final quarter of 2020, completions up 11% and the highest number ever recorded, according to new data released by the government.

    This is positive news for the sector which saw activity fall ...

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  • Stamp Duty Holiday Extension

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Mar 18, 2021, 12:30 PM
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    The Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday extension, offering buyers in England and Northern Ireland a discount of up to £15,000 until 30th June 2021, and £2,500 up to 30th September 2021.

    In Wales, no land transaction tax will be due on the first £250,000 ...

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  • St David's Day

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Mar 5, 2021, 12:00 PM
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    St David's Day, which was on Monday 1st March, celebrates the patron Saint of Wales, Wales home to over 3 million people, 4.7% of the UK population (ONS).

    Dragons, daffodils and leeks are the symbols most closely associated with Wales, over 800 property transactions recorded ...

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  • National Parks premiums

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Feb 19, 2021, 10:15 AM
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    The UK is home to 15 National Parks and the government has recently announced plans to create new National Parks as part of the Environmental Plan.

    National Parks not only protect the country’s rich wildlife and biodiversity, they also provide desirable places to live. A ...

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  • Homes changing hands increase

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Feb 6, 2021, 15:30 PM
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    An estimated 1,041,610 residential sales completed in 2020. In spring the housing market paused for several weeks and despite this, sales were only down -11% on 2019.

    129,400 homes changed hands in December 2020, 32% higher than December 2019 and a monthly increase of 13%....

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  • Lockdown savings

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jan 22, 2021, 14:00 PM
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    The pandemic reduced spending for many households and government policies have helped support incomes. This has led to 28% of households saving more during the pandemic.

    42% of high-income employed households saved more during the pandemic compared with 22% of low-income employed households. Retirees also ...

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  • What's ahead for 2021?

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Jan 5, 2021, 10:15 AM
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    What will the New Year bring? Dataloft consensus house price forecast, based on the average from five leading commentators, expects 0.9% growth 2021.

    Published forecasts for 2021 range from mildly negative to strongly positive. Rightmove forecast a 4% rise in 2021, Zoopla 1%, Knight Frank ...

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  • Dataloft Days of Christmas - Day 7

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Dec 22, 2020, 11:30 AM
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    According to Zoopla, ‘Garden’ was the most popular search term throughout 2020 for both buyers and renters. The Property Academy Home Moving Trends Surveys 2020, analysed by Dataloft, found that priorities had changed since the start of the pandemic, and a garden had become more ...

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  • Home movers tempted by new build property

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Dec 7, 2020, 15:30 PM
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    Almost half of home movers will consider buying a new build property according to the Property Academy Home Moving Trends Survey 2020, analysed by Dataloft.

    Energy efficiency is the main reason why home movers would purchase a new build. Respondents aged 55+ felt even stronger, ...

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  • Housing market adds to the economy

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Nov 27, 2020, 11:00 AM
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    For every residential property resale, an average of £9,559 is added to the UK economy. That is an estimated £6bn added to the UK economy so far this year.

    On average £5,400 is spent on renovations and new household goods, £3,100 on estate agency and ...

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  • Ideal length of lease varies

    Gill - Head Gillian Bell Nov 16, 2020, 09:30 AM
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    There is a substantial mismatch between current lease lengths and ideal lease lengths. However, there is more to it than that. Opinions on ideal lease length vary with age and household types.

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    For renters aged over 45, the ideal lease length for most is 24 ...

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