Typical fees of estate agents and contract terms vary from agency to agency. Usually, estate agents charge a percentage, which can be anywhere between 0.75% and 3.0%+VAT.
If you are planning to rent a property out for the duration of a vacation with the family, then maybe you could use a short-term rental. This could be as short as a weekend, week or as long as a couple of months.
Renting your house can be a handy alternative to selling it. When it comes to figuring out just how much rent you can achieve for your property, it’s important to analyse the market.
In the UK, all commercial and domestic buildings available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). But what is an EPC? How do you get one? How is it calculated? We go through every possible question you could have about Energy Performance Certificates.
As expected, plans to help the housing market and first-time buyers in particular, were included in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget. What were these policies, and how could they affect the property market? We discuss the inaugural autumn budget in this blog.
The world is talking about the housing market in Birmingham. Having seen a surge in the amount of people moving from London to the Second City rather than stay in their extortionate homes, it is safe to say that we are seeing the biggest “Boom Time” in 10 to 15 years. Watch our own property guru talk on this topic on BBC Midlands News here.
The tightrope of being a Birmingham buy-to-let landlord is a balancing act many do well at. Talking to several Birmingham landlords, they are very conscious of their tenants’ capacity and ability to pay the rent and their own need to raise rents on their rental properties (as Government figure shows ‘real pay’ has dropped 1% in the last six months). Evidence does however suggest many landlords feel more assured than they were in the spring about pursuing higher rents on their Birmingham buy-to-let properties.
In November 2015, George Osborne disclosed plans to restrain the buy-to-let (BTL) market, implying its growing attractiveness was leaving aspiring first time buyers contesting with landlords for the restricted number of properties on the market. One of things he brought in was that tax relief on BTL mortgages would be capped, starting in April 2017.
Before April 2017, a private landlord could claim tax relief from their interest on their BTL mortgage at the rate they paid income tax – (i.e. 20% basic /40% higher rate and 45% additional rate). What does this mean for current landlords, and is there any other options to reduce the amount of tax being paid?
In Birmingham, of the 416,130 households, 104,911 homes are owned without a mortgage and 119,850 homes are owned by a mortgage. Many homeowners have made contact with me asking what the General Election will do the Birmingham property market. The best way to tell the future is to look at the past.
I have looked over the last five general elections and analysed in detail what happened to the property market on the lead up to and after each general election. Some very interesting information has come to light.