Thursday, 28 May 2015

What does the General Election result mean for the Warrington Property Market?

After the shock of the Conservatives returning to power with a majority at Westminster, all the potential issues and possible uncertainties of a hung parliament has lifted the cloud from the Warrington property market. Talking to other Warrington agents, surveyors and solicitors in the area over the last few days, there are signs this has started a new impetus in the Warrington property market after a subdued six months, when an amalgamation of tougher lending conditions, a natural correction after the strong recovery in Warrington property prices in 2014, and political uncertainty ahead of the General Election slowed demand.

Against the back drop of Labour’s election promises of rent controls and three year tenancies, some Warrington buy to let landlords were waiting to see how these new policies would be implemented before they committed themselves to buying more property for their portfolio. Now that uncertainty has been removed, the long term picture is very positive.

So, where next for the Warrington property market? Well, with inflation at zero and with the Money Markets happy that David Cameron is still at No.10, the Bank of England have no reason to raise interest rates until 2016 at the earliest. As mortgage rates are at their lowest levels since 2010, landlords with larger deposits will now be wooed by the mortgage companies in the coming months with low rates.

Over the past couple of years, Warrington landlords have benefitted from a booming Warrington job market. Unemployment in the city has dropped, as a year ago, 4,483 people were claiming unemployment benefit compared with today’s 2,945. With more jobs and better pay, as the level of rents is directly linked to tenant’s wages, there has been an increase in the rental prices tenants are willing to pay for good quality Warrington properties.
Some landlords might be nervous about the Tory’s plans for the housing market in the next five years in terms of tenant demand for their rental properties. One plan is for Housing Association tenants to have the right to buy their property. However, these tenants were never in the private rented sector and will actually increase the supply of properties in the housing stock in decades to come. The
The biggest matter, when it comes to tenant demand of rental property going forward, comes from the shift in the mindset and attitudes towards renting itself. Twenty years ago, in some quarters, you were seen as a second class citizen if you rented a property. Not any more! In Warrington, as in the rest of the UK (apart from Central London), renting continues to offer good value for money for tenants. 

If you are an existing landlord in Warrington or thinking of becoming one, then I must recommend you seek specialist advice and opinion. Like many agents in Warrington, we will happily give you our opinion on the current state of the market and the advantages/disadvantages to investing in the Warrington property market, so why not you pop into our offices for a chat. However, if time is at a premium, another source of information on the Warrington Property Market is the Warrington Property Blog!

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