Homeowners of Walsall – Is your mortgage paid off?

Walsall Homeowners – Is your mortgage paid off?

The Government’s Annual Housing Survey is 50 years old this year. It has taken a snap shot of the UK’s property market every year since 1969 and in the recently published report for 2018, it wasn’t a surprise that owner occupation is still the most predominant tenure, yet now more people own their home without a mortgage rather than having a mortgage as the number of people buying their first home (obviously with a mortgage) has declined since the Millennium.  The report also shows homeowners (mortgaged and owned outright) are, on average, older than renters and between the homeowners themselves, those who are mortgage free are older than those with a mortgage.

Looking at the most recent data for Walsall, I wanted to see how we compared to the national picture.  Therefore, focusing on the main 4 tenures of owned outright, owned with a mortgage, social housing (i.e. Council Housing and Housing Association) and private rented, this is what I found out…

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My BTL Deal Of The Week, Kenilworth Crescent, Walsall, WS2 With Yields Of 5.76%.

A two bedroom semi detached house on the popular Reedswood estate in Walsall, WS2. The property will need some changes to the decor, but otherwise is perfect for rental.

There are two double bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes.  A modern kitchen with integrated oven/ hob, a family bathroom with shower, 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 plus Reedswood Retail Park is just around the corner.

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My BTL Deal of the Week is a 2 Bed Semi Walsall WS2 By Modern Method of Auction Yields 8.25%

A 2 bed semi detached house on Monmouth Road, Bentley, Walsall, WS5. On the market with Lovett & Co (01543 526007) and priced at £80k Full details can be found here.

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My BTL Deal Of The Week 3 Bed Terrace House Dickinson Drive WS2 Yielding 5.56%

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.

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My BTL Deal of the Week 2 Bed Terraced House Yew Tree Walsall WS5 Yields 7.33%

A 2 bed terraced house on Birchfield Way, Delamere Drive, Walsall, WS5. On the market with Connells (01922 716026) and priced at £90k Full details can be found here.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day Is A 2 Bed Semi, Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2, Yielding 5.54%.

An immaculately presented two bedroom Semi Detached house, Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2. The asking price is for offers over £130k and currently marketed by Bairstow Eves (01922 321033). At a rental of at least £600.00 the yield will be 5.54%. Let’s check out why this is such a good investment. The full property details can be found here.

The location is ideal for an investment property being on a very popular estate for rentals and close enough to Walsall and Bloxwich town centres. There is easy access to major transport routes, school and other amenities.

Lets’s take a look inside…

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“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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