Are We Building Enough Affordable Homes in Walsall?

Are We Building Enough Affordable Homes in Walsall?
Are We Building Enough Affordable Homes in Walsall?

Before we begin… no, that’s not a location picture of Walsall-on-Sea!!

Within my blog about the Walsall Property Market I mostly only talk about two of the three main sectors of the local property market, the ‘private rented sector’ and the ‘owner occupier sector’. However, as I often stress when talking to my clients, one cannot forget the third sector, that being the ‘social housing sector’ (or council housing as some people call it).

In previous articles, I have spoken at length about the crisis in supply of property in Walsall (i.e. not enough property is being built), but in this article I want to talk about the other crisis – that of affordability. It is not just about the pure number of houses being built but also the balance of tenure (ownership vs rented) and therein, the affordability of housing, which needs to be considered carefully for an efficient and effectual housing market.

An efficient and effectual housing market is in everyone’s interests, including Walsall homeowners and Walsall landlords, so let me explain ..

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MY BTL Deal Of The Day 3 Bed Semi Poukhill Close, Walsall, WS2, Yields 5.12%.

Just added to the market by Yopa (01322 584 475) is a three bedroom semi detached house in the Reedswood area of Walsall. My first impression is that it is a nice sized property, but the decor would need to be changed to something more neutral for a rental property. The property has everything that is to be expected for a property of this quality. There is off-road parking to the front in the form of a blocked paved driveway. there is a garage, but would not be able to be used as such, but as storage. The front and rear gardens are low maintenance and of average sizes. All three bedrooms are double sized and the kitchen and bathroom are of modern design. Additionally, there is a dining room, conservatory and utility room. Top it all off with gas central heating and double glazing and you have a very nice rental property in a highly sought after area.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day 2 Bed End Terraced House Bloxwich Road, Walsall, WS2 Yields 5.73%

A traditional two bedroom end terraced house in between Walsall and Bloxwich town centres. The spec is decent enough with the decoration having been recently upgraded.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day 2 Bed Semi Walsall WS2 Yields 5.31%

A good looking 2 bed semi on Darlaston Road, Walsall, WS2. It has a decent sized rear garden with an overlooking sun room. It’s a pretty good spec and  by the looks of the photos, doesn’t need anything doing to it, but as I always say, “that is what viewings are for”. There are two double bedrooms, a Modern style bathroom, but unfortunately there is no picture of the kitchen. There is a Veranda, which looks like it is being used as a utility room. Parking is off-road. Located on the main Darlaston Road it is not far from Walsall, Darlaston and Wednesbury town centres.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day Is A 3 Bed Semi In Rushall, Walsall, WS4 Yielding 5.57%.

This 3 bed semi detached home is situated on Burton Avenue, Rushall, Walsall, WS4.  On the market with Express Estate Agency (0161 300 3987) and marketed at £140k. The full details can be found here.

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From the outset I have to admit that the kerb appeal of this property isn’t that great, however, open the front door and it’s like you have entered through the tradesmans’ entrance to the secret world of Narnia. It’s large, open, full of light and neutrally decorated.

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£90,348 spent in Rent by Walsall Millennials Age 35

Walsall Rent Inreases Outstrips Inflation Since 2005
Walsall Rent Inreases Outstrips Inflation Since 2005

Millennials were born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s making them between the age of around 22 to late 30’s. They are the imaginative, artistic youngsters who grew up with the newest tech and computers and who are huge enthusiasts of music festivals, gourmet pizzas, emoji’s, selfies and old school nostalgia AKA…generation rent.

Countless Millennials have discovered that renting is a good choice for their shelter and accommodation needs without the hassle that comes from buying a home. Nonetheless, that is not the only reason they don’t buy property. When they should be concentrating on their profession, putting down roots and starting a family, Millennials are still going through the pressures and constraints on their finances of student loan liabilities whilst, at the same time, finding it hard-hitting to pay rent.

The hot topic at the moment is the cost of renting, as both our main political parties have seen mileage in wooing these Millennial Generation Renters. The average rent in Walsall is currently £618 per month making this a big-ticket item on the monthly budget. I was inquisitive to find out exactly how much Walsall Millennials will spend on rent by the time they reach their mid 30’s. The average age people leave home in the UK is 22; so looking at a Walsall 22-year-old (or Millennial) who left home in 2005 then between 2005 and today that Walsall Millennial will have shelled out £90,348 in rent.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day, 3 Bed Semi House, Larchwood Road, Walsall, WS5 With Yields Of 5.57%.

A very nicely presented three bedroom semi detached house on Larchwood Road, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. The asking price is £140k with Yopa (01322 584475), you can find the full property details here.

Located in the highly popular and very desirable Tamebridge estate, speaks volumes as to the location and therefore the potential for long term letting.

There are two double bedrooms and a single bedroom. There is a conservatory extension to the rear.

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