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Buy-to-let activity down by 26% year-on-year

Ryan - January 17, 2017

The latest research from Connells Survey & Valuation suggests that the buy-to-let sector is struggling.

Data from the report indicates valuations were down by 26% over the course of the last year, following a year full of significant legislative alterations.

Rises

Despite the slowdown seen in the buy-to-let sector, overall housing market activity during December 2016 was up by 8% on December 2015. What’s more, activity was 40% up from December 2014.

John Bagshaw, corporate services director of Connells Survey & Valuation, observed: ‘Looking back over the year, the market has regained a great deal of its strength with consumers’ confidence on the mend.’[1]

‘Rates are low and employment is high-that’s a great recipe for a healthy housing market. And the buy-to-let market’s loss has been owner-occupiers gain as those looking to get on the ladder or trade-up have been left facing less competition for the properties they want to buy,’ he added.[1]

Selling

Valuations for those selling property rose by 25% between December 2015 and December 2016. During the same period, valuation activity for those looking to remortgage rose by 19%.

Continuing, Bagshaw said: ‘The housing market has been recovering since September and had a great December. Compared to 2015 it looks good. Compared to December 2014 it looks exceptional. First-time buyers and people selling property have regained much of the confidence they lost in the wake of the Brexit vote.’[1]

Buy-to-let activity down by 26% year-on-year

Buy-to-let activity down by 26% year-on-year

‘With interest rates still at record lows, many buyers are taking the opportunity to buy property that would have been regarded as a bargain at that price just of a couple of years ago.’[1]

According to the report, the number of property sellers was up by 32% over the course of the year. In addition, remortgage activity was up by 68% as consumers have taken advantage of some very cheap mortgage deals.

Concluding, Mr Bagshaw noted: ‘Looking back over the year, the market has regained a great deal of its strength with consumers’ confidence on the mend. Rates are low and employment is high –that’s a great recipe for a healthy housing market.’[1]

[1] https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/1/buy-to-let-markets-loss-has-been-owner-occupiers-gain