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.
One of the best things I love about my job as an agent is helping Walsall landlords with their strategic portfolio management. Gone are the days of making money by buying any old Walsall property to rent out or sell on. These days, property investment is both an art and science. The art is your gut reaction to a property, but with the power of the internet and the way the Walsall property market has gone in the last 10-15 years, science must also play its part on a property’s future viability for investment.
As a property professional I use many metrics (as do others), when deciding the viability of a rental property i.e. the price, the average rent, the yield and one you may not be too familiar with is – an average value per square foot.
However, another metric I like to use is the average rent per square foot. The reason being is that it’s a great way to judge a property from the point of view of the tenant … what space they get for their money. Now of course, location plays a huge influencing factor when it comes to rents (and hence rent per square foot). Like people buying a property, tenants also have that balancing act between better/worse location, more vs. less money and size of accommodation (bigger and more rooms equalling more money) and where they live (location) verses making ends meet.
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!
Right ladies and gents, we are back in Dalkeith street, Birchills, Walsall again. Why, you ask? Well, I’m going to tell you. Firstly, and you may find this hard to believe, but Dalkeith street is blowing up right now, the level of interest from renters is insane. You may remember I mentioned in my last BTL deal post that I helped one of my clients rent out a two bed terraced just like this one recently! The second reason is as follows…I’ve repeated myself over and over again about renters’ expectations and what landlords actually provide. If you are serious about your property empire and want to maximise your portfolio as much as possible, what I am about to show you is the standard you should set yourself on every property you rent out. This is a bog standard two bed terraced house in the heart of Walsall, nothing at all special. However, by just investing a relatively small amount of money to showcase your let, this is what you can and should be achieving. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves.
A good 18 months has passed since annual rental price inflation in Walsall peaked at 10.7% (June 2016). Since then we have seen increasingly more humble rent increases to 7.3% in November 2017. In fact, in certain parts of the Walsall rental market over the autumn, the rental market saw some slight falls in rents. So, could this be the earliest indication that the trend of high rent increases seen over the last few years, may now be starting to buck that trend?
Well, possibly in the short term, but in the coming few years, it is my opinion Walsall rents will regain their upward trend and continue to increase as demand for Walsall rental property will outstrip supply, and this is why…
The way I see it is this…the counterbalance to that improved rental growth would be to meaningfully increase rental stock (i.e. the number of rental properties in Walsall). However, because of the Government’s new taxes on landlords being introduced between 2017 and 2021, that means buy-to-let has (and will) be less attractive in the short term for certain types of landlords resulting in fewer new properties being purchased to rent out.
A belated Happy New Year to all my Blog reading friends!! Trust the holiday season has treated you all well. Now that you are rested, relaxed and rejuvenated I’m sure you have gotten into the full swing of things with vigour and enthusiasm. We’re already passed the middle of January 2018 and finally I feel like the dust has settled allowing me the opportunity to catch my breath to reflect on the past year.
Wasn’t 2017 eventful?! Last year was the greenest year in the UK. We broke all previous records by June 2017 when our use of wind, nuclear and solar power created more UK power than gas and coal combined. From England women winning the World Cup in July to an incredible breakthrough by scientists at University College London who have developed a drug that they hope could stop Huntington’s disease. To top the end of the year there was the Royal love story with the announcement of romance, a wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle and something close to the hearts of every buy to let landlord and homeowner in Walsall… the changes in the local property market.
So, let’s look at the headlines for the Walsall property market in 2017…
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.