How does Unemployment Drive the Walsall Property Market?

Unemployment and the Walsall Property Market
Unemployment and the Walsall Property Market

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…

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5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal

5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal
5 Easy-Peasy ways your Walsall home can attract Tenants & Buyers with kerb appeal

Too often I am going to meet landlords and vendors in Walsall who have a perceived idea of how to present their home when looking for a tenant or a buyer.  I have always said that you want to present your home in a way which will take the prospect’s mind away from thoughts of excess expenditure and expensive necessary changes they may have to fork from their pocket in addition to paying that all important price tag.  The moment you have prospects thinking of where to place that all important sofa or ‘Will my bed fit in this room?’, is where you have created a chance of converting the prospect into a potential tenant or buyer.  Now that’s on the inside but how important is the outside and what can you do to make your Walsall home more desirable?

You want your home to stand out from the crowd.  You want tenants or buyers flocking to see what it has to offer.  First impressions matter, and how your home looks from the outside can impact how buyers view the inside.  Wow them from the kerb and they will enter with hope and anticipation. Disappoint them and it will take twice as much effort for your property to win them over.

Getting the right kerb appeal doesn’t take rocket science; here are 5 easy-peasy ways to attract Walsall tenants & buyers.

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Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property?

Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property
Cash or Mortgage When Buying Walsall Property?

In recent weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting up with a few investors who were looking to enter the Walsall Property Market.  There are so many approaches to investing in property and many ‘Guru’ type figures out there, all willing and able to help…all for a fee of course (some of the fees are eye watering)!!  Having attended the course, some of the investors found my Blog and decided to take me up on the offer of a meeting over a cuppa.  The common theme/ question that came up repeatedly was… “Do I buy with or without a mortgage”!?

For most Walsall people, a mortgage is the only way to buy a property. However, for some, especially Walsall homeowners who have paid off their mortgage or Walsall buy to let landlords, many have the choice to pay exclusively with cash. So, the real question is, should you use all your cash, or could a mortgage be a more suitable option?

Well, looking at the numbers locally…

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My BTL Deal of the Week 3 Bed Mid Terrace Anson Road Walsall WS2 with Yields of 5.73%

Roll up, roll up guys and gals and feast your eyes on this little beauty! My advice? Get in there now and arrange a viewing! Marketed by Connells (01922 716026) at £110k and stated as a ‘Fantastic buy to let investment opportunity’. The spec is bang on the money and ready to go. The full property details can be found here.

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My Buy To Let Deal Of The Day Is A 3 Bed Semi, Edinburgh Avenue, Walsall, WS2.

 

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%.

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Is it fair to Blame The Walsall Landlord?

Is it fair to blame the Walsall Landlord?
Is it fair to blame the Walsall Landlord?

Over the last couple of decades, the rise in the number buy to let properties in Walsall has been nothing short of extraordinary.  Many in the “left leaning” press have spoken of a broken nation, the fact many youngsters are unable to buy their first home with the rise of a new cohort of younger renters, whom have been daubed ‘Generation Rent’ as landlords hoover up all the properties for their buy to let property empires. Government has been blamed in the past for giving landlords an unfair advantage with the tax system. It is also true many of my fellow professionals have done nothing to cover themselves in glory, with some suspect, if not on some rare occasions, downright dubious practices.

Yet has the vilification and unfair criticism of some Walsall landlords gone too far?

It was only a few weeks ago, I read an article in a newspaper of one landlord who had decided to sell their modest buy to let portfolio for a number of reasons, one of which being the new tax rules on buy to let that were introduced last year. The comments section of the newspaper and the associated social media posts were pure hate, and certainly not deserved.

Like all aspects in life, there are always good (and bad) landlords, just like there are good (and bad) letting agents… and so it should be said, there are good tenants and in equal measure bad tenants. Bad letting agents and bad landlords should be routed out… but not at the expense of the vast majority who are good and decent.

But are the 3,983 Walsall portfolio buy to let landlords at fault?

The Tories allowed people to buy their own Council house in the 1980’s, taking them out of the collective pot of social rented houses for future generations to rent them. Landlords have been vilified by many, as it has been suggested by some they have an unhealthy and ravenous materialism approach to make cash and profit at the expense of poor renters, unable to buy their first home. Yet, looking beyond the headline grabbing press, this is in fact ‘fake news’. There are seven reasons that have created the perfect storm for private renting to explode in the 2000’s.

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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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