Is it time to jump ship for the Walsall Landlord? A Summary of the Rental Reform White Paper

Is it time to jump ship for the Walsall Landlord? A Summary of the Rental Reform White Paper

In recent weeks I have been approached by many Walsall Landlords concerned about the impending changes proposed by the Government to reform the property rental market. In this article I will summarise the proposed changes and share my thoughts.

In June, the Government introduced a White Paper called “A Fairer Rented Private Sector”. It proposes the greatest changes to residential lettings law for 30 years. It talks about striking a balance between the need for tenants to live without fear of eviction but balanced against the need for landlords to recover possession of their properties…

The headline from the White Paper is that the Section 21 procedure, the so called “no fault eviction,” will be abolished

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Walsall Landlords – a 2 Bed Semi Detached House, Yorkshire Grove, Walsall, WS2 With Yields of between 5.62% – 5.81%.

If you are a Walsall Landlord looking to expand your portfolio or getting into the Buy-to-Let (BTL) market for the first time then, you’ll know that there hasn’t been much fair pickings in recent times with the buoyant property market conditions. Added just four days ago is this two bedroom semi detached house marketed at offers in the region of £160k by Open House (020 8012 6473).

It isn’t always easy to assess the condition of the decoration/ fixtures from pictures therefore, I always recommend a physical viewing is arranged especially, if you don’t wish to make an expensive mistake that could have perhaps been avoided.

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Why Does it Take 120 Days to Get the Keys When You Buy a Walsall House?

Why Does it Take 120 Days to Get the Keys When You Buy a Walsall House?

Nationally, the average length of time it takes from agreeing the sale of a property to the keys being handed over is 111 days (down from 117 days last year), yet in Walsall, we are above the national average at 120 days.

So why does it take just over 17 weeks, when all that is required is the lawyers to look at some paperwork and get a mortgage? Also, what can Walsall homebuyers and sellers do to speed this up?

  • 1,215 properties have sold in the Walsall area in the last 12 months (Detached 274, Semi-Detached 451, Terraced 385, Flats 105).
  • It only takes 36 days to sell a Walsall home, so why does it take 120 days from the sold board going up to the buyer getting the keys?
  • With a shortage of solicitors and a sub-standard conveyancing system, this article discusses what Walsall house sellers (and buyers) can do to speed up the house buying process.

The legal process to buy and sell a UK property is called conveyancing. The conveyancing system itself hasn’t really changed in hundreds of years. When the housing market was reopened after the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, the property market returned with a bang, helped on with the stamp duty holiday.

In 2021, the number of properties selling in Walsall in some months went up massively, e.g., by 65% in March 2021 and by 96% in June 2021. Many conveyancers and solicitors had to sort the legal paperwork out for upwards of 70 to 90 properties each at any one time.

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My BTL Deal for the end of the Year, is a 2 Bed Semi Detached House, Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2 With Yields of 5.29%.

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More good news for Walsall landlords. Added to the market at the beginning of this month is this two bedroom semi detached house marketed at offers over £170k by Dixons (01902 596801) & Connells (01922 312536). What I would say here, is that having multiple agents marketing a property is good news for the investor landlord. This may be a sign of desperation from the vendor, but it also confuses any potential buyer. So there is some mileage in negotiation on the selling price.

Another perfect spec ready for a quick let.

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The Number of Days it takes to Sell my Walsall Home is…?

The Number of Days it takes to Sell my Walsall Home is…?

The Number of Days it takes to Sell my Walsall Home is…?

The past 15-17 months has been an interesting time in the Walsall property market without question. I can only speak for myself but many of my fellow professionals, clients and associates will attest to the feeling of being on a rollercoaster ride. With that being said, often I am asked the same question…how long is the average time it takes to sell my Walsall home? Well…     

…with 213,120 UK house buyers and 58,580 UK tenants moving home in September, the time has been manic for many people. This means that some Walsall homeowners are asking if they should be staying put? Or, should they wait for the best home to come onto the market before putting their home up for sale or find a buyer but be unable to find a property – it’s all rather confusing.

Then we have some Walsall landlords who are asking themselves if they should buy another property investment and some even wondering if they should sell and cash in on the boom.

Finally, with 95% mortgages back, first-time buyers are asking if they should look to take the plunge and buy their first home or wait.

In this article, I hope I can help you with the decisions you might want to make and to navigate this unusual post lockdown housing market. Let me start with some stats to show you what is happening at the moment in Walsall.

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Are we heading for a House Price Crash in Walsall?


Are we heading for a House Price Crash in Walsall?

Walsall house prices rose by 2.7% last month, according to the Land Registry. This means the annual rate of house price growth in Walsall has increased from 3.9% last year to 19.8% this year.  That is a whopping increase of 15.9%!!

Looking at the national figures, many people were concerned the UK property market was overheating as spring saw annual growth of 9.9%, the highest rate of house price growth documented since June 2007 when national house prices were rising by 10.8% p.a.

It was only a matter of a few months later the Credit Crunch hit, and the average value of a UK home plummeted from £190,032 to £154,452 in 18 months, a drop of 18.7%.

Government economic measures such as the Furlough Scheme and the Stamp Duty Holiday have so far shielded the Walsall property market from the worst economic recession since 1709.

So, the question is, can this growth in Walsall house prices continue, or is this the start of a house price crash?

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Walsall’s ‘Lockdown’ Landlord

Walsall’s ‘Lockdown’ Landlord

“So where is the Walsall property market heading?”. “How will a recession affect the market?”. Just a couple of common questions I’ve been fielding recently. As usual, for the benefit of my Blog reading friends, here are my thoughts…

There are plenty of investors who think nothing of legally committing to buying a property ‘off plan’ before it’s built – yet over the last few weeks, it has become the norm in the resale (second-hand) Walsall property market and they have now stolen a march and bagged some property bargains.

Normally, the physical viewing is the first step of the resale house buying process … yet now it’s becoming the ‘new normal’ that some Walsall agents are carrying out semi-professional video viewings or video tours. Even homeowners are getting in on the act and managing a Facetime or Zoom video viewing by walking around their house with their mobile phone.

On the 13th May 2020 the Government announced that the Estate & Letting Agency industry could reopen meaning people could view houses, visit agents and move home be they tenants, buyers, landlords or home sellers. This is all subject to general and specific social distancing rules, specific hygiene regulations and suitable PPE being used.

So what has been happening in the last few weeks in the Walsall property market?

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My BTL Deal of the Week 2 Bed Semi Northumberland Way Walsall WS2 With Yields Of 5.57%.

I’m returning to another very popular estate for rental property for Walsall landlords. Listed 3 days ago this two bedroom semi detached house is being marketed at offers for £140k by Connells (01922 716026). Another perfect spec ready for a quick let. I would say the asking price is slightly over the ‘going rate’ for similar property types and specs on the estate.

There are two double bedrooms, as well as a family bathroom.  A modern kitchen with integrated white goods, a small low maintenance 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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My Buy To Let Deal of The Week 2 Bed Semi Yorkshire Grove Walsall WS2 Yields 5.57%.

A two bedroom semi detached house on a popular newbuild estate in Walsall, WS2. Marketed by Goodchilds (Call 01922 312016 ) with an asking price of £140k.

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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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