Do You Dream Of Owning Your Home?

We know the past year has been a challenging one, and it has left many people wondering if they will ever own property. However, the lockdown period has reinforced the need for space, and recent studies indicate many people have serious dreams about owning property one day.

If you would like to discuss your property plans or ambitions, contact Williams of Petersfield. We are here to assist you as best we can, and we look froward to helping you achieve your property dreams.

What is your property dream?

Research from Aldermore has revealed that almost half of the UK’s renters have not given up on their dream of being a homeowner.

Aldermore spoke with 2,000 private tenants in the UK, and 45% say “owning a home is a life goal”, and 26% are actively saving for a deposit.

The areas which saw the most significant level of intent from renters to buy were:

  • Northern Ireland
  • Greater London
  • South East of England

There are challenges to overcome

Some of the biggest challenges cited by prospective buyers were:

  • 38% of respondents said they were actively looking to upgrade their credit score
  • 30% of respondents were concerned about raising a deposit
  • 28% of private tenants cited their credit history as a concern
  • 17% of respondents cited affordable house prices
  • 13% said high rental costs was a concern
  • 8% of respondents said securing a mortgage was their biggest obstacle

Credit issues cause problems

If you are looking to buy a home, you need to feel confident about your credit score, and what mortgage offer you will likely receive. If you have concerns regarding your credit score, and how it will impact you, you are not alone. We are also happy to advise as best we can.

The main credit issues experienced by respondents include:

  • Their overdraft, said by 26% of respondents
  • Credit card debt, said by 25% of respondents
  • Employment gaps, said by 21% of respondents
  • Being responsible for dependents was cited by 17% of respondents
  • Missed bill payments was listed by 15% of respondents
  • 8% of respondents save said their account has been handled by collection agencies
  • 7% have said they have taken out a payday loan
  • 5% have a CCJ (County court Judgment) in their past

Of course, there have also been challenges presented by the pandemic:

  • 22% of tenants have been placed on furlough or lost employment
  • 12% of tenants have admitted to missing or making a late rental payment
  • 14% of tenants say they have had to use their savings to get by

Jon Cooper is the head of mortgage distribution at Aldermore, and he said: “The experience of lockdown has focused renters’ minds to work towards owning a home more than ever before, but it is clear from the data that renters see credit issues in their past as a problem for them. And with many dealing with furlough and reduced incomes recently, it is understandable they may feel the dream of homeownership is far from reach. However, the challenges they face are not as large a barrier to buying a home as it may have been in the past. Specialist lenders, like Aldermore, consider borrowers with credit issues, including debt and CCJs, alongside those experiencing furlough, so options are open as we begin the new year for renters that previously may have been turned away from high street lenders.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Detached Properties In Demand And Rising In Price

As people crave more space at home, it is inevitable many house moves will occur with households moving to a larger property. Therefore, detached properties are likely to be in demand, and in Petersfield, there is a good selection of detached properties for sale.

As of late February 2021, Rightmove had 77 properties listed for sale in Petersfield. Of these 77 properties, 16 were classed as detached properties.

How is the Petersfield market faring?

At this time, Rightmove described the local housing market as;

Properties in Petersfield had an overall average price of £423,692 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Petersfield during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £354,966. Detached properties sold for an average of £627,628, with flats fetching £221,511.

Overall, sold prices in Petersfield over the last year were 4% down on the previous year and 3% down on the 2018 peak of £436,809.”

As by the Rightmove figures, the average price of detached properties in Petersfield over the past 12 months is £627,628.

At the end of 2020, the average price of a detached property in the UK was £486,595. This is a rise of 10% or £43,365 compared to the end of 2019.

Information provided by the Halifax suggests this is the most notable boom in property in the past 12 months.

There was a rise of 3.19% for flats, equivalent to £4,533, which rose to an average price tag of £146,717

The increase for terraced properties was £11,178, a rose of 5.84%, taking the average price to £146,717

Semi-detached properties rose by 6.26% to £16,930, holding an average price of £287,313.

Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said: “As many continue to work from home, this has led to a significant increase in demand for bigger properties, which has likely driven the boost in price we’ve seen in detached homes versus other property types. Over the past six months, the average UK house price has risen by 6.3%, making it the market’s best half-year performance since early 2007. While this increase is good news for the market overall, it has further widened the rungs on the housing ladder – particularly for those looking to upsize to a detached property – making the jump more expensive than ever before.”

You can expect to pay more for a larger home

Flat owners have been advised they will be expected to pay an additional £55,823 to upgrade their property, and move into a terraced house.

Terraced property owners should expect to pay an additional £84,777 to move into a semi-detached property.

However, anyone looking to move from a semi-detached property to a detached house should be prepared to pay an additional £199,282.

Property price rises in 2020 means house price inflation as of the end of 2020 for property movers stands at 6.4%, and this is higher than it is for first-time buyers, which stands at 4.5%.

Russell added: “While price increases are good news for the market overall, this has impacted home movers looking to upsize, as the gaps between each rung of the housing ladder have widened significantly. Those who have been unable to take a step up the housing ladder in the last year or so may find it harder to trade up than ever before.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Are You In Your Forever Home?

If you are settled in your current property, there is probably a high chance you have no intention of moving. When you think of the number of people who have moved home in the last six months, there will be many people feeling settled.

The stamp duty holiday has driven demand, and moves. It has been a challenging time, and it is easy to see why many homeowners have no intention of moving home again. You might be in this situation, and if so, you probably don’t need our services.

Then again, if you are reading this blog, you probably aren’t planning to stay in your home forever.

We are here to help buyers and vendors

Circumstances change, and there might be reasons why you need to move home.

A recent study suggests many people feel settled, and in no rush to move. Which is fine, but if circumstances change, we can help.

Property Platform WiggyWam has spoken to buyers about the moving process.

  • 45% of homebuyers in the UK found the property buying process to be so frustrating they vow to never go through it again
  • 24% say that although they would prefer to not move again, they expect to do so because of personal or lifestyle circumstances
  • 21% say they will never move again

There is an average of one million property transactions in the UK each year. 45% would account for 450,000 potential buyers looking to avoid the housing market. 210,000 buyers would be lost to the market.

However, not all is lost:

  • 47% of buyers said the buying and moving process was as they expected it to be
  • 20% of property buyers said the experience was better than they expected
  • 33% of buyers said it was explicitly worse

What was frustrating?

  • 33% of respondents said the time taken to complete the move was frustrating
  • 22% said dealing with conveyancers and solicitors was frustrating
  • 10% said being unable to find suitable property was most frustrating
  • 8% said additional costs was an off-putting element

Silas J. Lees MRICS, WiggyWam CEO, says: “Anyone involved in the house-moving process knows it’s a highly stressful event in a person’s life. I think the industry can grow immune to the real-life impact this has. When the entire process is drawn out, convoluted and rife with delay, as so much of it historically is, people’s lives are negatively affected. We should no longer accept a sales process that is akin to putting clients through a mangle and then charging them for the privilege. This is why we lose 1-in-5 potential buyers every year.”

Silas continued by saying; “And this goes hand-in-glove with the clear fact that movers care little for the taxes, duties, and fees attached to the moving process; something which we in the industry spend so much time fretting over. Buyers and sellers are willing to pay for premium service, to remove stress and tribulation.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.


Know What House Buyers Need In 2021

If you are looking to sell your home, it is always helpful to know what buyers are looking for. With this knowledge, you can position your home in the most effective manner, boosting the chances of selling your home.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have helped many local vendors connect with buyers. We know the local market well, and we look to bring people together.

Through our knowledge of the local market, and our studies of what is happening across the market, we are here to help you know what house buyers need in 2021.

White Goods and Existing Heating Systems

The boiler and heating system is one of the most important factors that buyers consider. You can improve your chances of connecting with buyers by:

  • Having your boiler reviewed by an expert to determine its condition before listing your home
  • If it is in your budget, upgrade the boiler or at least carry out improvements
  • Make sure you have sufficient boiler insurance coverage in place

David Holmes is the founder of the Boiler Guide, and he believes people aren’t doing the right sort of searches when looking for a new or better boiler. Digital searches have given people more options, but this might not be the best way to find the ideal solution.

David Holmes said; “Like many other services, it really is worth putting in the time and effort to explore your options for such an important investment and in many cases, you could save hundreds of pounds simply by spending another five minutes on the phone.”

He also said; “We expect the residential heating market to become even more competitive in the next few years as both existing and emerging brands are investing in renewable alternatives such as air source heat pumps and hydrogen-ready gas boilers.”

White goods are also important if you are including them in the sale.

Some steps you can take include:

  • Investing in new kitchen appliances
  • Making sure you know which sort of appliance is best for the most likely buyer in your home
  • Have all existing appliances reviewed and if repairs must be carried out, do so
  • Consider the energy efficiency of your appliances

The Energy Efficiency Rating is crucial when selling a home

You will likely know the importance of energy efficiency, and how vital it is for vendors and buyers.

Money Super Market provides the following tips on improving the energy efficiency rating of your home:

  • Insulate your loft – This could save between £120 and £225 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust
  • Poorly insulated roofs and walls can be a major cause of energy wastage. But with decent loft insulation, you could save between £120 and £225 a year, depending on the type of property you have and where you live, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
  • Hang thick curtains and insulate your doors
  • Install an energy monitor to review your energy consumption
  • Use a water-saving showerhead
  • Install double glazing
  • Consider solar panels
  • Insulate your cavity walls – According to the Energy Savings Trust, this could save between £70 and £255 a year

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Petersfield Property Owners – Declutter And Sell In 2021

With 2021 starting with another lockdown, it is likely many people have spent a lot of time at home. If you are looking for an activity or project to fill your time while at home, have you considered decluttering your home?

Spring cleaning time is fast approaching, and this is an ideal opportunity to transform your home. There is a great deal to be said for freshening up your home, and if you are looking to create more space, this is a hugely effective practice.

Of course, at Williams of Petersfield, we believe the decluttering process is crucial when it comes to selling your home.

Decluttering your home before listing it for sale delivers the following benefits:

  • Your home will look larger, which should make it more attractive to prospective buyers
  • The process adds perceived value to your property
  • A decluttered home offers fewer distractions to prospective buyers
  • A decluttered property helps prospective buyers imagine themselves in the home

All homeowners can benefit from decluttering

However, you don’t need to be in the process of selling your home to benefit from the decluttering process.

A study in 2019 asked people what motivates them to declutter their home, and give their house a spring clean. The following answers were recorded:

  • To reduce stress or act as a mood booster – cited by 35%
  • To create a minimalism style at home or to help build sustainability – cited by 21%
  • More space was needed around the home – said by 19%
  • To refresh the property for the spring season – listed by 12%
  • To increase productivity – named by 6%
  • To find and then sell unused items – cited by 6%

Decluttering might change your shopping behaviour

If you are looking to change your shopping behaviour, you might find decluttering is of benefit to you.

The same study also uncovered people’s thoughts on their shopping habits after the decluttering process:

  • 5% of respondents said they stopped shopping after decluttering their home
  • 34% of respondents said they shopped less often after decluttering their property
  • 30% said they shopped more mindfully after decluttering their house
  • 30% said there was no change to their shopping behaviour after decluttering their home
  • 1% of respondents said they shop more now after having decluttered their property

Lizzie Grant, is the founder of organisation site Declutter on Demand and self-proclaimed professional organiser. She spoke about decluttering as a great way to start the New Year or start a spring clean.

Lizzie spoke to the Independent, saying; “A wardrobe is a good place for many to start as it’s sometimes easier to pull out things to get rid of that are too tight or old. Make sure you sort them into piles and put into bags straight away. Create a ‘keep’ pile, one to donate (or sell) and then a recycling one for old clothes. Stick to this so that you don’t fall into the trap of deliberating and dithering over times.”

Lizzie also recommends tackling your ‘junk drawer’, saying; “Let’s be honest, everyone has one where items that don’t have an official home get shoved. Try getting everything out and throwing away things that are no longer useful to create a ‘useful drawer’ instead.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Annexe Applications Rise As Homeowners Need Space

It shouldn’t come a surprise to learn that thousands of homeowners across the UK have taken steps to improve their home. A lot of people have moved home or looked to move property but with information provided by Churchill Home Insurance, planning applications for garden annexes were considerably high.

Close to 9,000 planning applications were made, and a lot of this is down to the first lockdown period.

People need space at home

The insurance company suggests that this amounts to 25 applications per day.

It is likely that remote working and home-schooling influences people, and the same source found that 6% of property owners intend to add a garden annexe to their home this year.

While the average cost of an annexe is around £7,000; the value of a property can be increased by as much as £91,000 depending on the size and standard of the extension.

The main three reasons people want to add an annexe to their property were as follows:

  • Allowing other family members to move in to assist with childcare – said by 17% of respondents
  • Home schooling requirements – said by 16% of people
  • Moving a family member in to be part of the same household – said by 16% of respondents

How would you utilise additional space at home?

Other reasons why people use existing or plan to use a new annexe include:

  • A breakout space, listed by 28% of respondents
  • A living area for children, cited by 16% of people
  • A space for parents, listed by 15%
  • A leisure space, named by 13% of people, with a bar a fantastic example
  • A living area for elderly relatives, named by 10% of people

Pritpal Powar, Head of Churchill home insurance, said: “We expect more from our homes now than ever before. As well as places to relax, they are offices, businesses, schools and gyms. These structures are often relatively cost-effective and can quickly add both space and value to a property, so it is no wonder so many of us are looking at how we can create more space without spending huge amounts of money on building extensions or moving.”

Pritpal continued by saying; “Anyone considering constructing or converting a garden annexe needs to inform their insurer that work is taking place and consider the additional building and contents that they may need on their policy once the work is complete.”

Over the last year, it looks as though planning applications for new garden annexes achieved a greater level of success than applications for converted annexes. 75% of applications for new annexes were approved by local councils, while the success rate for conversion applications was just 67%.

79% of all planning applications in 2019/20 were for new constructions, with the remainder (21%) being for conversions.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

How Long Will Housing Market Frenzy Last?

It is fair to say the end of year activity for the housing market was frantic. With the stamp duty holiday deadline looming, many people were keen to buy property before the end of the year, in the hope of enjoying the significant saving on offer.

At Williams of Petersfield, we have seen this heightened demand for ourselves in the local area. We’ve also stayed in touch with what the leading property portals are saying about the market.

Rightmove tips market activity to remain high for now

Rightmove predicts a 4% average house price growth in 2021 across the UK. The leading property portals states that in December 2020, sales were 53% higher than they were in December 2019. This is the case, even though many deals taking place at the time will not conclude before the stamp duty holiday ends.

Tim Bannister is the Rightmove’s Director of Property Data, and he said; “Our 2021 forecast of a 4.0 per cent price rise is more conservative than the unsustainable 6.6 per cent national average seen this year. There’s likely to be a lull in quarter two unless the stamp duty holiday is extended, but for many buyers its removal will not be make or break, though may lead them to reduce their offers to a degree to compensate for the higher tax, and indeed many sellers may be prepared to help to mitigate their buyer’s financial loss.”

Tim Bannister continued by saying; “First-time buyers will remain largely exempt, so in most cases will be no worse off. The maximum savings of £2,450 in Wales or £2,100 in Scotland are considerably less decisive than the £15,000 available in England for a house costing £500,000 or more, which does however only apply to a small part of the market.”

In November 2020, Rightmove said there were 650,000 sales agreed and in the pipeline. In December 2020, Rightmove states that there were still 650,000 sales agreed, and in the pipeline.

While the property portal believes there were around 130,000 completed or abandoned deals in this time, there was an additional 130,000 sales added. Therefore, moving one month closer to the deadline, there was no fall in the number of sales in the pipeline.

There will likely be a slowdown in the market

Rightmove expects the second quarter of 2021 will be slower. However, there is hope that affordable mortgage rates will allow for modest price growth.

Pandemic-related uncertainties have been around for nearly a year, and Brexit uncertainties for far longer, and record activity month after month has proved that movers are willing and able to act on their new or existing housing priorities” says Rightmove.

The property portal says demand has significantly exceeded supply in 2020. The number of properties placed onto the market for the year to early December 2020 was down by 0.6% compared to the 2019 figures.

However, the number of agreed sales rose by 8.3%. This means the number of available properties for sale in the UK is at a low level, a record-breaking low level.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Buyer Search Changes In 2020

It is fair to say 2020 was a year like no other, and this was reflected in the housing market.

The end of the year was a strong time for the property market, but there was also a period earlier in the year when the market was placed on hold. So, there were a lot of ups and downs.

There was also a lot of fresh challenges, which changed the way people evaluate what is important to them. The lockdown periods saw many people spend a lot more time at home, and this has resulted in a shift in what prospective house buyers deem important in a property.

What matters to you in a home?

Information provided by Good Move offers insight into what buyers were looking for, and how this differs from previous years.

The searches which experienced the highest growth compared to the previous year are as follows:

  • Apartment with balcony (147%)
  • Apartment with hot tub (139%)
  • House with tennis court (127%)
  • House with swimming pool (109%)
  • House with driveway (107%)

The rise in searches for a balcony shows how important fresh air and privacy are for people!

Functional searches matter in the new normal

Other increases worth paying attention to are functional searches. There was a 106% increase in searches for a driveway, a 101% increase with respect to conservatories and there was a 77% increase in searches for a double garage.

Where were people searching for homes?

There was a lot made of people leaving London, and we have experienced an uplift in demand for homes in and around Petersfield.

The following list shows some of the most notable uplifts in property searches:

  • A 73% increase in searches for houses for sale in Buckinghamshire
  • There was a 72% rise in searches for houses for sale in Berkshire
  • West Yorkshire experienced a 69% increase in house searches
  • There was a 61% rise in searches for homes in Hertfordshire
  • Surrey experienced a 59% rise in searches for houses for sale

Nima Ghasri, Director at Good Move, comments: “Against all odds, this year has positively impacted the UK housing market and completely transformed the way buyers and sellers look at properties. More and more people are moving away from flats and apartments and into homes with outdoor space, and we’ve also seen many people looking to move away from cities into more rural areas.”

Nima Ghasri also said; “As we approach the New Year, we wanted to look back on the year in property search and reveal what potential buyers were actually looking for this year. It’s interesting to see that they have been searching for more luxurious features such as a swimming pool and tennis court, no doubt due to the increase of time spent at home and leisure facilities closing due to the pandemic. It’s also fascinating to see the areas where people are searching for properties the most, with South-East and Northern England the two hotspots. As we move into 2021, we look forward to seeing how the property market adapts to buyer’s needs.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Zoopla Insight Into Housing Market Changes

There is no denying 2020 has been a pivotal year in the housing market. The November and December lockdown period has caused many people to further re-evaluate what is important to them, but of course, the housing market has remained open at this time.

At Williams of Petersfield, we know people are looking for guidance and assistance. We work closely with local buyers and vendors, and we have a good feel for what is happening in Petersfield. We also stay in touch with what is happening across the country.

If you are looking to make an informed decision in the property market, we are here to help.

Zoopla are reaching out to buyers and vendors

Richard Donnell, the director of research and insight at Zoopla, recently answered a range of questions on the property portal site.

One topic of considerable interest was the growing gap in the housing market, and the general economy. There is a growing feeling that “we are not all in this together”, and this can be seen in the housing market activity of 2020.

With the House Price Index referring to increasing polarisation in the property market, it is natural people are keen to learn what this means, and how it is seen in 2021.

Richard said; “National measures of housing market activity, such as house prices and sales volumes, are strong. But this picture is not uniform across the UK. There is uncertainty in some parts of the housing market, with rising unemployment and stricter lending among the economic pressures taking their toll. You can see fewer sales in less wealthy markets, where people are more sensitive to economic headwinds.”

Richard also said; “At the other end of the spectrum, there’s more activity in wealthier markets where homeowners feel the recession less acutely. This is also tied to the fact that the housing market in London and the south of England has been quite weak in recent years so it’s bouncing back more than other markets.”

Will there be a long-term impact on the housing market?

When asked about the short and long-term effects of the second lockdown, Richard said; “The housing market is one of the bright parts of the economy, and the government has made sure that it remains open throughout the second lockdown. With people unable to get out and about as they normally would, the second lockdown will emphasise once again the importance of the home. People will keep re-evaluating their home and lifestyle. But despite the furlough and the mortgage payment holiday schemes both being extended, the economic pressures remain.”

Richard was asked what impact the second lockdown will have on house prices. He responded by saying; “It won’t have a significant impact on house prices because the housing market is still open for business. Headline house price growth will continue to rise towards 4% by the end of the year. However, it’s important to remember that there is significant regional variation. Everyone’s homes sit in different housing markets, and what happens to values reflects local supply and demand, as our House Price Index shows.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Reliable Broadband Becomes Even More Pressing

With remote working becoming an increasingly popular factor in the housing market, we know people are expanding their property search. An area like Petersfield is likely to appeal to more buyers now, as there is a greater sense of freedom.

Of course, just because people have greater freedom to live further from their place of work doesn’t mean they have freedom from work. There is a need to have a suitable home office set-up, and this means broadband dependability is essential.

If you plan on selling your home, you must ensure your broadband is dependable, as it is a vital factor for buyers in the modern era.

Reduce internet speeds cause problems

A study by finds 36% of homes have reported reduced internet speeds. This comes at a time when 74% of households are using the internet more. If this extrapolated across the country, close to 10 million households will have suffered in this manner.

The study indicates more than one in ten respondents’ class their internet connection as “bad”. However, 84% of respondents haven’t yet switched or even considered changing broadband supplier.

80% of people struggling with their broadband say their work is negatively affected by these issues. 23% say they have been unable to work at these times.

Some of the most pressing concerns for users occur when:

  • Multiple users are online at the same time
  • When they have to use video calls
  • When they stream
  • When their service drops out regularly

Holly Niblett is the head of digital at, and she said: “The millions of people who rely on their broadband at home for a wide range of reasons – work, paying bills and keeping in contact with friends and family – know first-hand how frustrating and inconvenient a poor internet connection can be. We know from our own research that the COVID-19 lockdown has seen almost three-quarters (74%) of households increase their internet usage, yet many are stuck on inadequate and expensive packages that don’t meet their requirements.”

While there is frustration at broadband problems, only 16% of internet using households in the UK have switched or are considering switching.

There are many reasons to switch service

Of the people who have switched, the following responses have been found:

  • 48% switched for a faster and more reliable service
  • 44% of these movers have chosen to pay the same or less for a better service
  • 38% of people switching did so to ensure their broadband and TV package come from the same provider

Holly Niblett added: “In shopping around for a better deal, customers have access to a range of fast and affordable broadband packages that can cost less than their existing deal. When comparing broadband packages, customers should be mindful that many providers bundle broadband with TV packages, which can work out cheaper than purchasing the two separately.”



At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Will Help Turn Tenants Into Buyers?

The stamp duty holiday scheme has been of significant help to many people in the housing market, but not first-time buyers. Many FTBs have felt overlooked in the property market, but at their recent party conference, the Conservative Party have claimed they will usher in new assistance for first-time buyers.

Boris Johnson announced plans for a new scheme to help people arrange long-term fixed rate mortgages for up to 95% of their home’s value.

What help might be on offer?

Zoopla have classed the key points from the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference as:

  • The Prime Minister has promised to increase the availability of mortgages for buyers with small deposits
  • The government believes it will enable an additional two million people to buy a property
  • Johnson said it would represent the biggest expansion of homeownership since the 1980s

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, comments: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments today which shows a positive change in tone by promoting a generation of renters to become a generation of buyers. We encourage lenders to come on board and support this initiative to enable first time buyers to enter the property market by future proofing the financial burden many face. We want to see intent become action quickly so that first time buyers can make the most of the current stamp duty holiday and continue to stimulate the housing market.”

Industry experts have their say

Craig McKinlay, New Business Director at Kensington Mortgages, comments: “The ‘Generation Buy’ scheme will be, in effect, a replacement for Help to Buy. Only a few lenders are dipping in and out of the high LTV market at present with ‘flash sales’ due to sheer demand – so this should reassure some lenders to enter more permanently and support first-time buyers.”

Craig also said; “However, for others, the scheme could lead to further capacity issues for those being selective with their offering to manage demand. On the whole though, like the introduction of Help to Buy in 2013 helped boost confidence and ease lenders back into the small deposit market, we hope this scheme will do the same.”

James Forrester, Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, comments: “Today’s (6th October) announcement will no doubt excite a nation of aspirational homebuyers who have already been sent into a frenzy over the prospect of paying no stamp duty. However, for Boris Johnson to claim this will help fix our broken housing market is not only laughable but quite frankly an insult to those who find themselves priced out of homeownership. The cause of the dire situation we find ourselves in is the Government’s sustained failure to build enough affordable housing year in, year out.”

James also said; “The inadequate supply of housing to meet demand is one of the driving factors that has caused house prices to spiral and to continue to mask this failure by further fuelling demand is irresponsible. Instead, their time would be better spent reallocating wrongly classified green belt land so it can be utilised for housing and preventing the big housebuilders from drip-feeding housing supply in order to keep their profits up.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.