Is it possible that inflation could benefit landlords in Walsall?

Is it possible that inflation could benefit landlords in Walsall?

For those who are old enough to recall the 1970s, memories may include fashion trends such as bell-bottom trousers, frayed jeans, and disco glitter balls, as well as economic challenges like HYPER-INFLATION. Presently, with inflation rates at 10.4%, some may long for the past few years of sub-2% inflation.

However, during the 1970s, the UK experienced a decade marked by sustained double-digit inflation for seven of its ten years.  Inflation was a significant issue in the UK during the 1970s, with the average annual inflation rate reaching 12.3% per year.

In fact, prices surged by as much as 25% in 1975 alone, reflecting the extent of the inflationary pressures faced by the economy during that decade.

The high inflation of the 1970s in the UK was attributed to various factors, such as the quadrupling of oil prices during the 1973 Oil Crisis (which may sound familiar), powerful unions, a high level of growth and investment in the 1950s and 1960s, all of which made it easier for inflationary pressures to build up in the 1970s. The property market was not exempt from these inflationary pressures either.

Between the beginning of 1970 and the end of 1979, the average price of a house in Walsall increased significantly, rising from £3,758 to £19,465.

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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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