Apathy has hit the Walton-On-Thames housing market as sellers await the outcome of the general election and stricter mortgage regulation suppresses buyer demand. This is mirrored around the UK as Rightmove reported the number of homes registered for sale per estate agent fell to its lowest level for five years in December, with available stock 10% lower than in the same month a year earlier.
Looking at Walton-On-Thames, in the autumn of 2014, each estate agent had on average 27.6 properties on its books (as there were a total of 332 properties up for sale in Walton-On-Thames at the peak in the autumn just gone). Our research shows that number plummeted to 19.4 per agent in December. While the lack of new properties coming onto the market in the later months of 2014 in Walton-On-Thames pushed asking prices up slightly from November to December, traditionally a quiet season for the housing market, property sellers will need to work hard in 2015 to complete a sale.
The length of time a property takes to sell has increased over the last few months. Two bedroom properties in Walton-On-Thames are now taking 59 days to sell, three bedroom 98 days, four bedrooms 103 days, but here an interesting figure, one beds are taking on average 79 days to find a buyer.
2015 will be the year of the selective mover. With only 56 brand new properties a year being built in Walton-On-Thames since the turn of the Millennium, this woefully low and insufficient number of new buildings in the town over the past few decades and a systemic change in the type of properties homeowners want (with families splitting etc so we have too many larger houses and not enough smaller ones), buyers are becoming dissatisfied with, and therefore dismissive of what is up for sale.
So is it all doom and gloom? Far from it! Walton-On-Thames landlords could bag a bargain during this period of uncertainty, especially if the financial markets do not like the election outcome. Markets and buyers do not like uncertainty, but savvy buy to let landlords know buy to let is a long term game, and irrespective of short term apathy, reduction in the quality and quantity of stock for homeowners to buy or the election, if people don’t buy property they rent. The Council aren’t building anymore properties, the council house waiting list is decades, not years for the better type of property. The only other place to get a roof over your head? Rent a property! Good old Bricks and Mortar!
Therefore, if you are considering buying a property for investment in the near future, I am always happy to give you my considered opinion on which property to buy (or not as the case may be) to give you what you want from your investment. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.