Low-interest rates on a mortgage for the first-time buyers can provide an opportunity to gain profitable deals in current buyers’ market, where if suitably invested, the monthly mortgage repayment can be lower than the monthly rent. The average interest rate on two years fixed mortgage is around 2.5 percent and average interest on 5- year fixed mortgage is up to 2.91 percent. First-time buyers can invest through supporting government schemes such as help-to-buy loans, lifetime Isas, help-to-buy Isas etc. Brexit or no-Brexit, in both conditions, first-time buyers can gain from buying property at a lower asking price.
Comparing house price in capital to other areas
The ONS and Land registry data find the average price of homes in London grew 80 percent in a decade from £266,999 to £473,609(Oct 2008 to Oct 2018), while, the price in North East grew 3.2 percent from £124,448 to £128,488. Annual transactions in London fell significantly in the last year to 3703 in some of the prime central locations. Unrestrained growth in house price has been a reason for the decline in prices in the capital city, while, many other regions continue to report growth in prices.
Brexit is one of the key factors where economic uncertainty led to the decline in national price growth from 8.2 percent to 2.7 percent. The capital city is also facing an affordability issue where the average house price is 16 times more than the average salary. Land registry data show average London house price is close to £650,000, where the fresh build homes are priced 15 to 20 percent higher than the market values.
Investors from China and America acquiring properties in the North
A number of foreign investors are seeking alternative regions to invest in UK property over the decline in growth in the capital city, shortage, and unaffordability. The report from Proptech firm Datscha states in the last year to November around £361 million was invested in UK property by overseas buyers, which included £156 million from US buyers. In 2017, American buyers had invested only £15 million in UK property.
The interest of Chinese buyers in Manchester property grew 200 percent in last year due to the direct flight connectivity to Beijing and Hong Kong. Similar inclinations of Indian buyers were seen in North West of England.
A Chicago based real estate firm invested into 200 apartment scheme in Baltic triangle and Manchester.
Baring bought into 240 flat development projects in Liverpool and there are a number of other regeneration developments taking place close to Liverpool waters and waterfronts.
There has been a growth in the private rented sector where Knight Frank claim £75 billion investments will be made in PRS where over 56 percent will be made outside London. Currently, the companies are investing 44 percent outside London in purpose-built PRS projects focusing on apartments with amenities supported by proper transportation connectivity and proximity to shops, offices, schools etc.
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