October 10, 2013
15,000 homes sold under Help to Buy in...
There have now been 15,000 reservations under the first phase of Help to Buy.
The announcement was made by new housing minister Kris Hopkins and demonstrates the strength of the boost to the new homes industry.
The scheme was launched in April and takes the form of a shared equity mortgage with the loan of up to 20% having to be repaid when the property is sold. Importantly, the 20% that will have to be repaid will be the percentage of what the property is worth at the point of resale, not the 20% of the original value.
For example, a new home is bought now for £300,000 with a 5% deposit of £15,000, a 20% government shared equity loan of £60,000 and a 75% mortgage of £225,000. When the house is resold, its value has increased to £500,000 and the seller must repay the 20%, which has risen to £100,000.
September 24, 2013
‘Should I move before Christmas?’
Chris Rowntree, Associate Director at scottfraser, takes a light hearted look at the pending question, 'Should I move before Christmas?'
I hesitate to mention Christmas as the leaves are still firmly on the trees and the tan hasn't quite faded yet but it is a sad fact of life, with the Halloween decorations already in the shops, that it won't be very long before the festive season will be upon us. Most home owners therefore putting their property on the market today must be allowing their minds to ponder as to exactly where they will be sitting down to tuck into their turkey with all the trimmings (apologies to the vegetarians out there) and indeed are there any discernible advantages in moving in time for Christmas.
September 04, 2013
House prices dip, says Nationwide...
House prices fell in August, Nationwide has reported.
The price slipped from £170,825 in July to £170,514 in August.
However, as faithfully reported by the media, Nationwide claimed that house prices actually rose by 0.6% in the month and were 3.5% higher than in August last year – when, for the record, Nationwide said the average UK house price was £164,729.
The answer of course lies in our old friend, 'seasonal adjustment'.
However, as EAT pointed out to Nationwide when we asked for a comment as to the difference between smoke, mirrors and seasonal adjustment, the fact is that by Nationwide's own 'actual' figures, house prices had gone down, not up.
August 14, 2013
scottfraser's guide to 20 Ways to...
Ahead of tonight's Buy-to-Let seminar, read our guide to becoming a successful landlord.
August 06, 2013
Novice landlords still pouring into...
New landlords are continuing to enter the buy-to-let sector, mortgage brokers have revealed.
Intermediaries said that 22% of their buy-to-let mortgage business in Q2 was from first-time landlords, the same level reported in Q1 and an increase on the 20% level reported for the same time period last year.
The percentage of cases from landlords looking to grow their rental portfolios increased during the quarter to 38% from 33% in Q1, whilst the number of landlords looking to remortgage fell from 33% to 28%.
More than half the intermediaries surveyed reported an improvement in the availability of buy-to-let finance, including 10% who said that, in their view, availability had improved significantly.
Intermediaries were also asked whether they had any cases of clients looking for let-to-buy mortgages, and 9% reported that they had dealt with such cases.
Let-to-buy mortgages are for situations where someone either cannot sell their house but would be able to rent it out to buy another, wants to return to live in the original property again at some point, or simply wants to get rental income from it while they purchase another home.