Walsall Property Market Predictions 2018!

Walsall Property Market Predictions 2018!
Walsall Property Market Predictions 2018!

A belated Happy New Year to all my Blog reading friends!!  Trust the holiday season has treated you all well.  Now that you are rested, relaxed and rejuvenated I’m sure you have gotten into the full swing of things with vigour and enthusiasm.  We’re already passed the middle of January 2018 and finally I feel like the dust has settled allowing me the opportunity to catch my breath to reflect on the past year.

Wasn’t 2017 eventful?!  Last year was the greenest year in the UK.  We broke all previous records by June 2017 when our use of wind, nuclear and solar power created more UK power than gas and coal combined.  From England women winning the World Cup in July to an incredible breakthrough by scientists at University College London who have developed a drug that they hope could stop Huntington’s disease.  To top the end of the year there was the Royal love story with the announcement of romance, a wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle and something close to the hearts of every buy to let landlord and homeowner in Walsall… the changes in the local property market.

So, let’s look at the headlines for the Walsall property market in 2017…

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WALSALL LANDLORDS – THREE THINGS I’ll be doing over Christmas 2017!!

WALSALL LANDLORDS - THREE THINGS I’LL BE DOING OVER CHRISTMAS
WALSALL LANDLORDS – THREE THINGS I’LL BE DOING OVER CHRISTMAS 2017

My Blog reading friends and existing clients will know that at some point over the Christmas break I get fed up of all the eating, drinking and partying.  “Bah! Humbug!” I hear you say…but in reality I think it’s simply that as a busy business owner, my mind and body can’t take the change in pace from mad and hectic to practically a vegetative like state.

So it’s usually around this time of the year, when I hit that point and I need to re-engage my brain, this is what I plan to do…

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal Is A Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

Leading on from my last BTL deal, I came across another similar property on Tamebridge on Harebell Close this time. Namely, a two bedroom terraced house, WS5. The full details here.

The marketed value is for offers around £124950k. Now, if the stats on the listing are correct, the last sale of the property on 22/08/2017 was £90k. Therefore, this means in just under 4 months, the property has increased in value by almost £35k! Now that’s some mad capital growth in such a short space of time!

Again, I don’t see this property selling at the asking price. Seems to me the seller bought it at a bargain price and is now trying to capitalise quickly, but as to whether it is worth the asking price, I don’t think it is. The spec is absolutely what you would expect from a property on Tamebridge and there is nothing out of the ordinary nor unique that would set it apart from other similar properties on the estate

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Interest Rate Increase Kills the Walsall Property Market!

Interest Rate Increase Kills the Walsall Property Market

We all do something to try and keep fit don’t we?  My choice of the fitness elixir is to take from the cup by combining a bit of fun and comradery which translates to Badminton (alas too many injuries to carry on playing football).  So, this weekend I had one of my Badminton comrades ranting and raving about the latest increase by the Bank of England which he felt will be the death of the Walsall Property Market as we know it today!

Before we all rush off to take drastic evasive manoeuvres we have to look at the entire picture to put matters into perspective.  The recent interest rise is the first increase in 10 years; they have just been raised from 0.25 percent to 0.5 per cent.  The uplift comes as inflation hits a 51-month high of 2.9 per cent whilst the national unemployment rate is at an all-time low of 4.3 per cent.

The average Walsall mortgage is £98,631…

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal Yields 5.04%, Two Bed Terraced, Poppy Drive, Walsall, WS5.

A modern two bedroom terraced house, Poppy Drive, Walsall, WS5 on the very popular Tamebridge estate. The full property details can be found here.

The marketed value is for offers over £125k. Personally, I don’t see this property selling at that price. I have written previous articles on similar properties that the asking price was around £110k, here are just three to have a look at:

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Some properties have sold at around the asking price here, but realistically the selling price should be somewhere between £110k – £120k depending on the quality of the spec and that’s where I want to focus on next.

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Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!
Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

I was having a lazy Sunday morning, reading through the newspapers at my favourite coffee shop in Walsall.  I find the most interesting bits are their commentaries on the British Housing Market.  Some talk about property prices, whilst others discuss the younger generation grappling to get a foot-hold on the property ladder with difficulties of saving up for the deposit.

Others feature articles about the severe lack of new homes being built (which is especially true in Walsall!).  A group of people that don’t often get any column inches however are those existing Walsall homeowners who can’t move!

You would think that with ultra-low interest rates at 0.50% (albeit recently increased in the budget from 0.25%) the number of people moving would be booming – wouldn’t you?  However, this has not been the case.  Less people are moving because of the following reasons:

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Today’s BTL Deal, One Bed Semi, Wareham Close, Walsall, WS3 Yields Of 7.20%.

A one bedroom terraced house in a popular estate in Walsall for rentals. It is a very nice spec and billed as a buy to let opportunity and already being let as is. However, it is not clear from the listing whether the property comes with the current “Sitting tenant”. It is a modern build with all the relevant features e.g. double glazing, gas central heating type, fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower, low maintenance gardens and off-road parking.

It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

The current asking price is fore offers over £75k and based on the current rental of £450.00 pcm will return a yield of 7.20%. However, I feel that offers “Over” the asking price are asking a little too much.

Currently on offer with Goodchilds (01922 312016) click here for the full details http://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/40817062 and the EPC can be found here.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

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