Interest Rate Increase Kills the Walsall Property Market!

Interest Rate Increase Kills the Walsall Property Market

We all do something to try and keep fit don’t we?  My choice of the fitness elixir is to take from the cup by combining a bit of fun and comradery which translates to Badminton (alas too many injuries to carry on playing football).  So, this weekend I had one of my Badminton comrades ranting and raving about the latest increase by the Bank of England which he felt will be the death of the Walsall Property Market as we know it today!

Before we all rush off to take drastic evasive manoeuvres we have to look at the entire picture to put matters into perspective.  The recent interest rise is the first increase in 10 years; they have just been raised from 0.25 percent to 0.5 per cent.  The uplift comes as inflation hits a 51-month high of 2.9 per cent whilst the national unemployment rate is at an all-time low of 4.3 per cent.

The average Walsall mortgage is £98,631…

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Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!
Walsall Property Sales Drop by 51.83%!

I was having a lazy Sunday morning, reading through the newspapers at my favourite coffee shop in Walsall.  I find the most interesting bits are their commentaries on the British Housing Market.  Some talk about property prices, whilst others discuss the younger generation grappling to get a foot-hold on the property ladder with difficulties of saving up for the deposit.

Others feature articles about the severe lack of new homes being built (which is especially true in Walsall!).  A group of people that don’t often get any column inches however are those existing Walsall homeowners who can’t move!

You would think that with ultra-low interest rates at 0.50% (albeit recently increased in the budget from 0.25%) the number of people moving would be booming – wouldn’t you?  However, this has not been the case.  Less people are moving because of the following reasons:

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Walsall Town Centre, Tameway Plaza – ‘No Mortgage’ Investment Opportunity

Tameway Plaza - Walsall Town Centre
Tameway Plaza – Walsall Town Centre

If you follow the Walsall Property Market News like I do (not just the residential) then, you will be well versed with past, present and planned future developments.  Amongst the proposed £90m transformation of the town centre recently it has been announced that more than 100 jobs will be created by developing a piece of derelict land back into commercial use with a further £6.9m investment.

In recent years we have had the new 24hr Tesco, the Primark development (which was extremely busy on Saturday), The Quarter has just been finished with Poundland and B&M taking up occupation anytime now and there are plans to revamp The Saddlers Centre!  So, with all this happening around the commercial side of property “what about residential” I hear you ask…?

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Today’s 3 Bed Semi Buy To Let Deal Yields 5.57%, Alderley Crescent, Walsall, WS3.

A three bedroom semi detached house on a prestigious and popular estate in the Coalpool area in Walsall. Since major redevelopment in the area, the area’s profile has now been raised substantially making it a popular choice for rental.

There are plenty of photos to show off the very attractive spec of this property. My personal experience with this estate is that the estate is very popular and highly sought after for rentals.

The location benefits from being within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall and Bloxwich town centres.

The property is of modern design and has off-road parking as well as a garage. There is a fully fitted kitchen and has gas central heating and double glazing. Additionally there is a large lounge, two double bedrooms and a fair sized garden. the only blip on the horizon for me is the bathroom, which looks a little dated and could do with an upgrade. However, do not let that be a deal breaker, the property can definitely be let as is. But don’t take my word for it, go and take a look for yourself and book a viewing appointment.

The current asking price is £139950k and based on a rental of £650.00 pcm will return a yield of 5.57% though I do feel that the property is slightly overpriced.

Currently on offer with House Simple (0330 098 9870) click here for the full property details.

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

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

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Is Moving Home in Walsall – ‘Mission Impossible’?

Is Moving Home in Walsall - ‘Mission Impossible?
Is Moving Home in Walsall – ‘Mission Impossible?

Moving to a larger home is something Walsall people with growing young families aspire to.  Many people in two bedroom homes move to a three-bedroom home and some even make the jump to a four-bed home.  Bigger homes, especially three-bed Walsall homes are much in demand and it can be a costly move.  However, is jumping to a 4 Bed House a step too far?

If you live in Walsall in a two-bedroom property and wish to move to a four-bedroom house in Walsall, you would need to spend on average, an additional £153,066 (or £604.61 pcm in mortgage payments (based on the UK Bank average standard variable rate)).  However, going straight to a four bed from a two-bed home is quite rare as most people jump from a two to three-bedroom home, then later in life, from a three to four-bedroom home.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 3 Bedroom Semi Detached House, Booth Street, Walsall, WS3. With Yields Of 7.52%.

A very nice 3 bed semi detached house in Blakenall Heath, Walsall. The area has changed for the better over the last few years due to the housing regeneration that has happened. Currently marketed by Webbs estate agent (01922 312727). It’s a decent spec, but will need some attention in certain areas of the decor. It has gas central heating and double glazing.

It is certainly a family home with a spacious rear garden with awning over a patio area and being low maintenance. Parking is off-road on the front curtilage with space for at least two vehicles.

The location is ideal commuting distance to Walsall town centre and close to the major transport routes. Schools and healthcare centres are aplenty and within easy reach.

The minimum pcm you could expect is £595.00 and if the property sells at the current asking price, this would mean a yield of 7.52%.

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

Click here for full property details or call Webbs estate agent (01922 312727) to arrange a viewing, I highly recommend it.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

Don’t forget to visit the links below to view back dated deals and Walsall Property News

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Do we have a ‘triple speed’ Walsall property market?

Do we have a ‘triple speed' Walsall property market?
Do we have a ‘triple speed’ Walsall property market?

As you might imagine…“What’s happening to the Walsall Property Market?” is a question I am asked often & repeatedly.  Well, would it be a surprise to hear that my own research suggests that there isn’t just one big Walsall property market – but many small micro-property markets?  In the past I have written about the dual speed Walsall property market but now I’m seeing the emergence of three!

For ease, I have named them the…

  1. lower’ Walsall Property Market.
  2. lower to middle’ Walsall Property Market.
  3. ‘middle’ Walsall Property Market.

The ‘lower’ and ‘lower to middle’ sectors of the Walsall property market have been fuelled over the last few years by two sets of buyers.  The first set, making up the clear majority of those buyers, are cash rich landlord investors who are throwing themselves into the Walsall property market to take advantage of enticingly low prices and even lower interest rates. The other set of buyers in the ‘lower’and ‘lower to middle’ Walsall property market are the first-time buyers (FTB), although the FTB market is in a state of unparalleled deadlock as it’s been trampled into near-immobility and incapacity by the new 2014 stricter mortgage affordability regulations and also fewer mortgages with low deposits.

Some of you may be interested to know how I have classified the three sectors…

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