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The newspaper you read will probably have an influence on whether you believe the Housing Market in the UK is:

  • performing better with the Brexit vote or
  • struggling and in decline because of the Brexit vote.

Either way, the market post 24th June 2016 (post Brexit) has been in “wait and see” mode and will probably remain in this state until the new year when there will be a decision on the High Court ruling which take place on 5th December and is expected to last 4 days.  It is the view of Sally Asling, Letting Director at SurreyLets that the Housing market will continue to remain in “wait and see” mode until article 50 is served and negotiations to exit truly begin.

So what is a “wait and see” market?

In real terms it means there is a lack of activity unless there is a real need to make a move. Death, Divorce being the two main ones in Sales and Job Relocation or being served notice are the two main ones in letting. If there is no driving need, people are just waiting to see how leaving the EU  pans out and what the market will do, and this of course becomes a self fulfilling prophecy: a general lack of activity leading to what feels like a market slump because it is slow. This aside, what is actually happening to House Prices?

As I write a week or so into November, the latest statistical information we can draw upon takes us up until the end of August 2016 just 8 weeks after the Brexit decision, which isn’t really providing enough of a time lapse to see how the housing market has been affected if it has at all. However, there are encouraging facts in this data that should restore consumer confidence especially if these trends continue which may serve as some encouragement for homeowners thinking of selling but whom are “waiting to see”

House Prices have been in continual growth in 2016

Housing market indicators for August suggested a period of relative stability during the month. House prices grew by 8.4% in the year to August, up slightly from 8.0% in July.Prices in the UK continues to rise with the greatest increase for the year being the East of England with a 13.3 annual change followed by the South East wit
h a 12.2% rise. England as a whole saw a 9.2 rise.
price-changesI accept that sales agreed, pre-Brexit were possibly just going through to completion, but this is still encouraging. No major price drops as a direct result of Brexit –  which I have seen claimed in some scaremongering newspapers.

Shortage of stock on the market

Its clear that up until June there was a lack of stock on the sales market. Looking at data for June 2016 and comparing it to June 2015  England saw a 32.2% drop in the number of units sold. sales-volumes-by-country

Overall, year on year, June 2016 shows a decline from the previous growing trend of properties being sold.

A direct conclusion therefore could be drawn that whilst there is not the volume of property as in previous years on the market, and therefore not so much competition for your home, this has kept house prices rising.

Housing Demand

In terms of housing demand, the volume of lending approvals for house purchases fell slightly in August compared to July, remaining at levels seen in early 2015. Home sales in the UK stayed stable between July and August but remain below levels seen in 2014, 2015 and before the stamp duty changes in early 2016. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) market survey for August reported falling new buyer enquiries over the past three months, with demand from buy-to-let investors falling more sharply than demand from first time buyers and existing owners.

Latest news from Zoopla – for KT24

Zooplas Z-index is the current average Zoopla estimate of home values in a given area, and the Z index report for KT24 is £1,034,686. Zoopla shows a month on month rising trend.

The average house price paid in the last three months 17 sales is £998,703.zoopkt24

Fun housing facts for KT24

Highest value streets Zed-Index
The Warren £2,122,830
Beech Avenue £2,096,434
Woodland Drive £1,996,802
Pennymead Drive £1,834,411
Lynx Hill £1,828,226
Highest turnover streets Turnover
Fearn Close 45.5%
Station Approach 42.9%
Tintells Lane 41.2%
Little Cranmore Lane 36.4%
Parkside Close 33.3%

SurreyLets keep a keen eye on what property values are doing in the area as whilst SurreyLets are not an Estate Agency involved in the sale of property, SurreyLets regularly consult with Landlords who which to withdraw equity on their buy-to-Let investments and assist Investors making smart decisions on their portfolio growth.

If you have a property to Let, are considering Letting out your property or would like help and advise in buying an investment property, Sally Asling would be delighted to have an informal, no obligation discussion with you. Please call 01483 282470 or e-mail info@surreyletsonline.co.uk

Data taken from the UK House Price index summery published 18th October 2016 from UK.Gov’s official statistics and from Zoopla.

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SurreyLets are pleased to bring to the Lettings market for the first time, a wonderful family home within a few moments walk of the superb village centre of East Horsley.p1020001

This property is a well presented and deceptively spacious four bedroom modern family home and is perfectly situated for a busy family due to its proximity to all the local amenities such as the village shopping facilities, train station with fast links to London, sports clubs and village green spaces.

The accommodation is spacious and well thought out and comprises of: A newly fitted modern kitchen with a range of white goods, spacious contemporary lounge which leads in open plan style to a formal dining area, a conservatory which is an ideal playroom, a study and a downstairs WC. Upstairs the property boasts a beautifully presented master bedroom with a newly renovated en-suite shower room, three further double bedrooms and a beautifully presented family bathroom. Externally the property offers a double garage, beautifully styled front and rear gardens (gardener included) and off road parking for many vehicles accessed by electric gates.

rloungediningPeaceful, traditional, semi rural and undoubtedly affluent. The villages of East and West Horsley make up “The Horsleys”, one, or two villages depending on your viewpoint, are situated at the foot of the Surrey Hills nestled in beautiful open countryside and yet just 48 minutes to London. Beautifully middle class, yet traditionally village like, the Horsley have a wealth of charm, character but most of all its community spirit is still intact. This is the Surrey affluenza belt, connected to motorways and London Waterloo by train, yet swaddled in green belt.

The Horsley’s are an area that attracts the corporate relocated overseas families who make use of the international schools: The ACS in Cobham and the International School of London ISL in Woking being firm favourites of international families. Locals move to the area for the outstanding state schools, The Raleigh Primary School and The Howard of Effingham School both being on the doorstep. Those looking at private schooling have Glenesk primary, Cranmore School and St Teresas.east horsley 1

The Horsleys are a typical family orientated area. Saturdays lots of children enjoy sporting activities. Horsley Football Club, The Cricket Club and The Tennis Club are just some of the sporting activities on hand, although the community run clubs offer a plethora of clubs from cycling, running and rambling. Locally families tend to shop on a Saturday in the village enjoying a traditional butchers (Conisbees), bakers (The Bakery) and coffee shop (Quaich) all of which are owned and managed by members of the community and who care and invest in community. The village also has a popular well used library which runs many half term and holiday children’s activities and reading clubs.

The Horsley have some superbly attended churches, St Marys Church offers a traditional service at 9am and a contemporary service at 10.45 in the village hall where there is a live worship band and outstanding youth ministry. St Martins Church also offers service choices and is well attended.

Commuters take advantage of Horsley Station and its fast southwest train service to London Waterloo taking just 47 minutes, stopping for a quick coffee at The Stockyard station coffee shop. Of course the commuter road links are excellent too with the A3 being a 5 minute drive away taking you to London or Portsmouth, and less than 10 mins to junction 10 of the M25, meaning that (subject to flowing traffic!) the airports of Gatwick and Heathrow are under an hours drive away.

The Horsley really do offer something for everyone. I have lived here for 25 years and I am biased, but if you would like more information, I would be delighted to chat to you. Call me, Sally Asling on 01483 282470 or send me a mail to info@surreyletsonline.co.uk

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A beautifully presented fully refurbished detached 4 bedroom family home situated in a popular and convenient location within the charming village of West Horsley and within a few minutes walk of the highly sought after Raleigh Primary School in West Horsley.

rearThe property is a wonderful example of contemporary and stylish living with a high quality finish, it offers spacious well thought out family living accommodation but also has a purpose built home office attached plus other outbuildings.

Marketed for rental though local agent SurreyLets, Sally Asling, Lettings Director comments  “This property is a really lovely family home inside and out, ideal for families who wish to get their child into the highly sought after Raleigh School, or for families with children already attending. The location is  an easy walk from the village of East Horsley with its fast trains into London Waterloo, an array of local shops including a coffee shop, butchers, bakers and convenience stores and the medial centre village hall and playing fields, this property is incredibly well situated. Priced at just £2995 this property represents excellent value. It is available immediately for a medium to long term let.”

The accommodation comprises of: A spacious open plan Kitchen / dining room, a family snug complete with log burning stove, Utility room and downstairs WC, formal spacious double aspect lounge with views to the garden, small study room or home office, downstairs double bedroom with en-suite shower room ideal for guest accommodation or an au pair.Upstairs the property offers a further spacious double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Externally the property offers wonderful outbuildings consisting of a further utility / laundry room, specially designed worship, a purpose built home office and a double open car barn. The grounds that surround the property lend themselves beautifully to family living and entertaining with an enclosed private rear garden and a paved courtyard.

FEATURES

Beautifully Presented Detached Family Home
Wonderful Quiet Location
Four Bedrooms
Three Bathrooms
Beautifully Fitted Open Plan Kitchen / Dining area
Family Snug with Log Burning Stove
Double Aspect Lounge
Study
Purpose Built External Home Office
Laundry / Utility Room
Workshop and Double Car Barn
Superb Location for The Raleigh School

For viewings please contact SurreyLets on 01483 282470 or mail info@surreyletsonline.co.uk

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SurreyLets are pleased to be able to offer a three bedroom detached family home situated scfronton the boundaries of Ockham, Cobham and Effingham Junction.

The property is available for a Long Term let, is pet friendly and offers generous living accommodation and is on the market for £1275pcm

Lounge with wood burning stove, Dining Room, Fitted Kitchen, Utility Room and Downstairs Cloakroom, access to the single garage, Two double bedrooms, Generous Single Bedroom and a Family Bathroom.

The only appliance let with the property is the cooker which is electric as the property is not connected to mains gas. The heating is by electric radiators which do increase running costs, but is reflective in the rental being charged.

Externally the property has ample room for off road car parking, an enclosed garden area and is within a  woodland setting with no close neighbours.

Properties like this rarely come to market that offer excellent value for money and a long term prospect so early viewing is recommended.  Please call SurreyLets, the Letting Specialists on 01483 282470 or send us a mail to info@surreyletsonline.co.uk

SurreyLets are members of ARLA and the Property Ombudsman

 

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I write this with a child in year 6 in the oversubscribed, increasingly popular and highly sought after academy that is The Raleigh School in West Horsley. I count myself as privileged and increasingly fortunate. As I write, I am, like a few hundred other parents, waiting to hear if my son has got into The Howard of Effingham School in September. That said, like many others before me, I moved a matter of just one road to be certain of catchment areas for the schools.

Last week I took on a property “To Let” very close to the school and immediately went under e-mail attack. It felt akin to how I imagine Simon Cowell feels at the auditions for the  X-Factor; each  excited applicant streaming “pick me first” and offering on a property before I had even got the key.

It doesn’t matter how you cut it. Its dog eat dog in the world of housing and getting your child into a school.

There is a 5 deep waiting list for most year groups at The Raleigh. To get to the top, after siblings and looked after children ,it all becomes a matter of geography. Roll of the dice, the closer to the school the more chance you have of securing a place. So when a house a stones throw away from the school comes on the market, the stampede starts.

Homes close to the school sell  and let quickly and at a premium. They are sought after. So, when I saw this property come on the market with Curchods this week with an asking price of £775K, potentially giving a potential gross ROI of 4 % I thought it was worthy of a mention as this is a good ROI for this area. You can download the brochure here. Oh, and it really is a “stones throw” away, even with my poor attempt with a pebble! low res drive

 

Located within the popular village of West Horsley, literally a moments walk of the sought after Raleigh Primary School, this immaculate home really does offer everything a family could need.

 

 

The property would realistically let out IRO £2750pcm.  There is 1555q ft of property, making it not a super large home, but the fact that its divided into 5 bedrooms could suit a larger family, and after all, its a larger family who will have the need for the school. The one thing is certain, whilst the school is situated here, this property will always be let!

However, I would be tempted to advise a  would be investor to ditch bedroom 5 and add another bathroom (en-suite) and have it as 4 bed 2 bathrooms opposed to 5 bed and 1 upstairs bathroom. Given we have property only a short way down the road that rents at £2500pcm and lacks the office, this property I believe would rent quickly. We are seeing rentals in the roads surrounding the school average at 30 months which is perfect for long term investors.

If you would like to view this property call Curchods on 01483 281010. If you would like to discuss buying this property to let and would like some impartial free and without obligation advice, then call Sally Asling at SurreyLets on 01483 282470 

 

 

 

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According to a recent report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), residential rental prices are higher in London and the South East than elsewhere, as shown in the graph below. While the UK average weekly rent in 2014 stood at £134, the figures  the South East were £144

ARLA average weekly rental

However, when we look at the commuter areas of The Horsleys, Effingham and Guildford, we see average weekly rentals more in line with the London rentals/ SurreyLets statistics would suggest an average rental for this area to be higher than the averages listed here.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a clear North-South divide in rents, with price growth much stronger in the South than in the North of England. Furthermore, price growth has accelerated strongly in London, the East and South East of England compared with a year ago. This may reflect the difficulty of getting on the property ladder in these regions, with high house prices and deposit requirements for purchasing property. This is pushing individuals into the private rental sector.

Arla Year on year rising rentals.

 

In 2015 people living in the South East spent  a fifth of their income on rental. However when we look at areas in definitive commuter belts  such as Cobham, The Horsley’s, Effingham and Guildford where rentals are much higher, this is believed to be closer to 25% eating into a quarter of disposable income.

Sally Asling, Lettings director of SurreyLets Ltd said

“These figures released from ARLA really do highlight the predicament that young people are facing regarding housing. In a recent blog I wrote about generation rent and the fact that people are just not going to get on the housing ladder until later in life.”

“This research clearly demonstrates the huge amount of rental being spent prior to purchasing which clearly puts a dent into what they need to be saving to raise a deposit for their home.

A person buying their first home in the South East  has spent an average of £57,000 on rent*

Its staggering to think that the average person in the South East will have spent an average of 57K renting before buying, even more staggering is this figure is closer to 90K if renting in London.

This is a massive amount of money when you think how much that could be worth if it were saved for a deposit on a home instead.

ARLA av spent on rent buying first home

 

*Assumes most people move out of their family home at the age of 18 and takes into account the average first time buyer age of 31.

 

The ARLA research, which is based on someone moving out of their family home at 18 and renting for 13 years, shows that in the north-east a typical tenant will have spent £31,300 on rent before they can buy, while in London the figure is £68,300. The figures, which were compiled with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, suggest that someone moving into rented accommodation in London today will spend an average of £91,500 on rent before buying their first home. A fifth of those renting now told ARLA they did not expect to ever be able to afford to buy a home.

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Searching for a property to buy in KT24? Stocks levels are at the lowest they have been in 2 years according to Rightmove. Sally Asling, Local property Expert from SurreyLets says she is certainly hearing this from my UK and overseas’ investor Landlords who are looking to buy but exasperated at the lack of local stock on the market.

Rightmove confirms that in January only 54 properties were listed in the KT24 (The Horsley’s and Effingham) sales market.  A slight rise from the 47 listed in seasonally low December. However compared with previous Januarys this is almost 50% less available property.  If that sounds quite dire for one of the wealthiest villages in Surrey, lets also not forget these numbers don’t take into account multiple listings which bring the reality down to 41 properties listed For Sale in January.

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One local Estate Agent has stated that they have 12 properties on discreet marketing and another Agent has said one in eight of the properties they sell don’t officially launch on the market and are sold before to known registered buyers (although they go on the market at completion). Both of these statements will be influencing the available levels of property seen advertised on the Rightmove Portal and just reiterates the message that when one is moving to a new village, getting to know the agents personally and registering with them is of absolute importance. Right move has its place, but it does not negate the need for relationship.

In the peak of 2015, 122 properties were available, giving a lot more choice. So why is there such a shortage of stock now?

Are people waiting to see if there is a referendum this year?   Are people waiting to hear what house prices are doing? Are people waiting to see if the growth slows down?

So what about House prices?

House price growth in the UK increased to 9.7% in the year to January, up from 9.5% a month earlier, according to the Halifax. Halifax stated  the last time that figure was greater was in July 2014, when prices were rising by more than 10%. At the end of last year Haart Estate Agents forecast a rise of 10% and Savills suggested a more realistic 5%. In the Horsley’s and Effingham Agents are expecting to see sustainable growth between 5 – 7% over the next year.

The Horsley’s and Effingham are hugely desirable locations, situated in Surrey’s green commuter belt and nestled in areas of outstanding countryside. The local schools are all oversubscribed and purchasing close to chosen school is popular.

According to local leading Estate Agents; Curchods and Henshaws they sell more than 80% of stock that comes to the market demonstrating just how keen people are to secure homes in the area.

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So which agents are selling the most in the KT24 area?

According to Rightmove, the breakdown of homes sold (agreed sales) during 2015 in KT24 is: 

(Please note: KT24 takes in The Horsley’s and Effingham and these agencies  cover a larger geographical area and these sales figures are limited to KT24 postcodes only, not the agents overall number of sales)
  1. Curchods 36
  2. Henshaw’s 35 (Horsley and Bookham office combined)
  3. Gascoigne Pees 24
  4. Wills and Smerdon  20
  5. Huggins Edward & Sharp   7
  6. Patrick Gardener 6
  7. Savills 4
  8. Others 20 branches a total of 27 but under 3 units each.

 

 

 

 

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