“Will the Walsall Property Market Crash…?”

Will the Walsall Property Market Crash
Will the Walsall Property Market Crash…?

A question posed by a local portfolio landlord of mine last week.  Who would be the gainers and losers…?

Those Walsall people wanting property values to drop would be those 30 or 40 something’s, sitting on a sizeable amount of equity and hoping to trade up (because the percentage drop of your current ‘cheaper’ property will be much less than the same percentage drop of the more expensive property– and trading up is all about the difference). If you have children planning to buy their first home or you are a 20 something wanting to buy your first home – you want them to drop.  Also, Walsall landlords looking to add to their portfolio will want to bag a bargain (or two) and they would love a drop!

Yet, if you have recently bought a Walsall property with a gigantic mortgage, you’ll want property values to rise. If you are retired and are preparing to downsize, you will also want Walsall property values to rise (because you will have more cash left over after the move).  Also, if you, a landlord looking to sell your portfolio or a Walsall home owner, who has remortgaged to raise money for other projects (meaning you have very little equity), you will want property values to rise to enable you to put a bigger deposit down on the next purchase.

So, before I discuss my thoughts on the future, it’s important to look at the past…

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GDPR & Walsall Landlords

GDPR and Walsall Landlords
GDPR and Walsall Landlords

Don’t know about you but I had heard so much about the new GDPR laws which came into force towards the end of May 2018 that I thought many of my Blog reading friends wouldn’t wish to hear another word on the matter!!  On the contrary…I’ve received several requests to clear matters up for you guys especially, around your personal responsibility when it came to staying on the right side of the law.

If you are letting a property in Walsall or indeed the UK for that matter, GDPR for landlords certainly affects you in a few key ways.  Before I address these major changes, let’s take a quick look at how we got to this point.

A brief history of UK data protection

In essence, data protection regulation has been enforced in the UK as a way to ensure that businesses and business owners do not abuse or misuse the data of their customers.  The purpose is to ensure it is not just used correctly but also stored safely.  In the UK, the first Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984.

It has been subsequently revised over the years and in 1993, a famous case was brought forward which saw PC Brown being prosecuted for mishandling data.  Though the ruling was eventually overturned, it was a landmark case and UK businesses seemed to start taking data protection more seriously.

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Buy To Let Deal Of The Day Springfields, Walsall, WS4. Yields 6.00%

A modern 3 bedroom terraced house in the Rushall area of Walsall, WS4, currently marketed by Acorns & Co (01926 312060). Plenty of photos showing a very nice spec. The decor is neutral which is excellent news and the carpeting may need to be changed, but not essential.

I would highly recommend a viewing. Based on what we can see you could expect a rental of £625.00 pcm.   Therefore, if the property sells at the current asking price of £125k will result in a yield of 6.00%

If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.

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Buy To Let Deal Of The Day, 2 Bed Terraced House, Yorkshire Grove, Walsall, WS2. Yields 5.31%

A two bedroom terraced house on a popular newbuild estate approx 1 mile from Walsall town centre, WS2. The property has a very nice spec and is ready to go.

There are one double bedroom and one single bedroom.  A fully fitted modern kitchen, a fair sized 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.

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Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!

Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!
Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!

I was recently reading a report by the Home website which suggested that landlords are selling en-masse their buy-to-let investments due to increasing burdens on them in the buy-to-let market.  Their findings suggest the number of new properties that came onto the market nationally (for sale) jumped by 11% across the UK as a result.

Those increasing burdens include new tax rules coming in over the next 3 to 4 years and the announcement that all self-managing landlords (i.e. landlords that don’t use a letting agent to look after their buy-to-let property) will soon need to register with a compulsory redress scheme to resolve tenant arguments and disputes; as Westminster wants to heighten standards in the Private Rented Sector.

Interestingly, a few weeks ago I was chatting with a self-managed landlord from Bloxwich, when I was out who didn’t realise the other recent legislations that have hit the Private Rented sector, including the ‘Right to Rent’ regulations which came in to operation last year.  Landlords have to certify their tenants have the legal right to live in the UK.  This includes checking and taking copies of their tenant’s passport or visa before the tenancy is signed.  Of course, if you use a letting agent to manage your property, they will usually sort this for you (as they will with the redress scheme when that is implemented).

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal – 3 Bedroom End Terrace House, Holford Avenue, Walsall, WS2, Yields 5.77%

A three bedroom end terraced house, Holford Avenue, Bescot, Walsall, WS2. This property is presented very nicely and with a very acceptable spec. It can be let as it currently stands though I would take a closer look at the rear garden, it could do with some sprucing up. The property type and high standard of spec makes it ideal for working professionals.This 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. The return journey could be a little longer if the Saddlers lose that Saturday. For your weekly shopping supplies look no further than the large Morrisons superstore just around the corner. It has a petrol forecourt as well…Handy!

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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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