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Property Market Update – April

House Prices

Nationwide reports a house price drop of -0.2% in March. This figure accounts for seasonal adjustments. The unadjusted growth of house prices remains at 0.5% leading to an annual house price growth of 5.7% for March.

North West reports a growth of 8% over the year to Quarter 1 of 2021. West Midland reports a growth of 7.5%. These has been recorded as the highest regional growth. London reports a growth of 4.8%. This has been the lowest regional growth reported.

TwentyCi reports that the number of sales agreed in March has been highest and is 54% above the 2017-19 average. RICS survey also suggests that there is a growth in number of new sales instructions and buyer enquiries due to the stamp duty extension.

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HMRC records mortgage completions exceeding 120,000 in February for the first time since 2005. The analysts predict the current level to be maintained until the stamp duty holiday ends.

UK Finance reports home movers account for a 35% increase in January compared to last year on the housing sector activities.  First Time Buyers only account for a 3% increase of the housing sector activity. The main reason driving the slow growth is restriction on High Loan to Value mortgages and unemployment concerns.

However, as Chancellor Rishi Sunaik proposed during the Budget, banks are gradually coming up with Mortgage Guarantee Scheme offering 5% deposit schemes. Banks such as Halifax and Barclays have already introduced new rates for this scheme. The rest of the banks are yet to follow on the scheme.

Banks such as Coventry, Accord and BOI has introduced 5% deposit mortgages outside the government guarantee scheme. The rates remain at around 4% on these mortgages.

Price Index

Halifax House Price Index reports house prices 6.5% higher than March 2020. 

Changes to Lender Criteria

Santander has announced the mortgage brokers that the mortgage applications for self-employed applicants will be assessed ignoring the 2020-2021 accounting period due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Santander will include the impact of government schemes like bounce back loans or CBILs taken up during the Pandemic. They have also restricted the lending at 75% Loan To Value (LTV).

Hinckley and Rugby Building Society has also introduced a 2-year discount mortgage with interest rate of 0.99% and a product fee of £999. However, applicants should possess at least 40% equity in the property.

Lenders such as Nationwide and Platform has reduced their interest rates. This depicts the competition on mortgage rates within the lenders. 

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ONS reports an average UK rent increase of 14% from January. Rent has risen in South West and East Midlands by 2.3% and 2.2% respectively. Rent in London has risen by 0.8%.

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