It may be a case of de-ja-vu but I’m pretty certain I went to see this property last year when it was on the market with another agent. At the time I was sourcing a BTL property for one of my property sourcing clients and knew, with a bit of TLC, this property would make a great rental. It was snapped up very quickly back then but it seems, for some reason, the sale probably fell through which, can sometimes happen if the buyer is not able to secure a mortgage or arrange the funds etc. For Walsall landlords this is a perfect property for a long-term BTL. Listed 3 days ago this two bedroom semi detached house is being marketed at offers over £130k by our colleagues iLove Homes (01922 345905). Another perfect spec ready for a quick let. From the pictures and if my memory serves me correct, I would say the property has had an upgrade of the kitchen units and bathroom suite. The decor looks in good order but I would definitely change the carpet in the lounge and one of the bedroom upstairs to something more hard wearing and neutral.
When it comes to buy-to-let (BTL) deals in Walsall, there hasn’t been much to sing and dance about in recent times. But if you look underneath the covers…there are always hidden gems to be found. Some of my Blog reading friends may know that I have been quietly plugging away in the background looking at deals and helping clients connect the dots to help make those all important life changing decisions. Like people come in all shapes and sizes so does their area of knowledge/ expertise. In recent times I have had my Walsall Property Sourcing Clients ask me a similar question which, I thought I would answer here by providing an insight into some of the reasons why I view Walsall BTL investments the way I do…
…so without further ado…!! Above pictures are of two seemingly investable properties for a Walsall Landlord to consider. However, when you delve a little deeper and past the numbers, what do you actually see…?
If you have been reading my articles on the Walsall property market, you will see that in the three years since the referendum we have proved beyond doubt that ‘Brexit’ has had no effect on the Walsall property market (or the UK as a whole).
So one might ask, what does affect the property market locally? Well many things on the demand side include wages, job security, interest rates, availability of mortgages, confidence in the economy, inflation, speculative demand … the list goes on. Yet as my blog reading friends will note, I like to delve deeper into the numbers which has led me to find an interesting correlation between unemployment and the number of properties sold (i.e. transactions).
Why transaction levels and not house prices? Well just looking at Walsall house prices as a leading indicator has flaws. Many property market commentators and economists believe transaction numbers (the number of properties sold) give a more accurate and truthful indicator of the health of the property market than just house values alone. The reason is twofold. First most people when they sell also buy, so if property values have dropped by 10% or risen by 10% on the one you are selling, it would have done the same on the one you are buying – meaning to judge the health of a property market is very one dimensional. Secondly…
This has been just added today. A three bedroom end terraced house, Dickinson drive, Bescot, Walsall, WS2. This property will need some upgrading to the decor and flooring as it’s kind of living in the past at the moment. On the plus side there are two double bedrooms and a single. A utility room with plumbing for white goods and a separate wc. The family bathroom is downstairs, however the master bedroom has an en-suite. Add to this a medium sized rear garden which is low maintenance along with off-road parking to the front alowing space for two cars. There is also gas central heatin and double glazing. The property is is further strengthened by its location about half a mile from M6 junction 9, ideal for commuting. For the frustrated footballer in all of us, Bescot stadium is but a short 10 minute stroll away. For your weekly shopping supplies look no further than the large Morrisons superstore also just around the corner.
A two bedroom semi detached house on the popular Reedswood estate in Walsall, WS2.
This is just a quick one this week following on from my involvment with the letting of a similar property on the same estate this week.
Sadly, there are no other photos on the listing, but suffice to say it has two double bedrooms, a modern kitchen, a family bathroom with shower, a rear garden 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 plus Reedswood Retail Park is just around the corner.
Good news for Walsall landlords and investors, an extended 3 bedroom semi detached property, Clare Road, Walsall WS3 that has just been marketed by Acorns & Co. (01922 312060 ) with an asking price of £130k. It has a varied neutral decor and perfect spec. and has gas central heating and double glazing.
A family home with low maintenance gardens and a block paved curtilage at the front of the property, which could be used for off-road parking. Two of the bedrooms are double sized, with the third being a single.
The extension includes a utility room and a sitting/ reception room. Top this all off with a modern kitchen and bathroom (Ground floor) and you have a rental property that is good to go.
Keeping a blog updated can be an exhausting affair and the last time I took a break was August 2017 so, I’ve decided to take a well earned rest!! I hope to return to the blog towards the end of November 2018.
In the meantime, why not visit these property related websites to hone your property investor acumen?
http://www.landlordlaw.co.uk/ – This is a great resource of useful information, especially on legal issues and Tessa Shepperson’s Blog has some golden nuggets…
www.periodproperty.co.uk is, as you can imagine, the place to find a thatched, listed or historic home, while www.propertyauctions.com lists dates and reserve prices on upcoming auctions plus tips for those bidding for the first time (great resource if you are seeking a fixer-upper.
This resource/ guide from Martin Lewis is extremely useful for first-time buyers www.moneysavingexpert.com.
Think you can’t afford to buy a property just yet? How about buying as a co-sharer with a friend or family? Visit www.ourproperty.co.uk to learn more about turning this possibility into reality.
Whilst I’m away if there is anything you would like me to pick up on/ discuss/ write about upon my return please send me an email or message me via any of my social media sites. Take care and wish me happy holidays…
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Well, it’s been a while since I highlighted a property like this. So, for all of you out there in investor land, who want a complete blank canvas to work with, here is my latest offering.
Only recently added to the sales market, this is technically a two bed semi with a loft conversion for the third bedroom, but we will call it a three bed just for the sake of argument. Situated on Edinburgh Avenue, Walsall, WS2. Currently marketed with Purple Bricks 0121 721 9601 for an asking price of £125k and based on a minimum pcm rental of £550.00 will yield 5.28%.
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.