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January 2018

£960.93 per month – the profit made by Bicester property owners over the last 20 years!

By | News

As we go headlong into 2018, I predict that UK interest rates will stay low, even with the additional 0.25% increase that is expected in May or June. This rise will add just over £20 to the typical £160,000 tracker mortgage, although with 57.1% of all borrowers on fixed rates, it will probably go undetected by most buy-to-let landlords and homeowners.

I also think it’s unlikely that we’ll see any more interest rate rises due to the fragile nature of the British economy as it continues to navigate Brexit. Even though mortgages will remain inexpensive, with retail price inflation outstripping salary rises, it will still very much feel like a heavy weight to some Bicester households. Read More

What will happen to Bicester house prices in 2018?

By | News

Looking at the newspapers between Christmas and New Year, it seemed that this year’s spot in the column inches was given over to predicting the future of the British housing market. So in response to that, I have shared some of my thoughts on the Bicester property market below.

With the average five-year fixed rate mortgage at 1.98% (down from 3.47% in 2014) and two-year fixed rate at 1.47% (down from 2.37% in 2014), mortgage interest rates offered by lenders are at an all-time low (even with the slight increase on the Bank of England base rate a few months ago). Read More

Buy to Let deal of the week for Bicester Landlords

By | Deal of the week

This two bedroom end of terrace property in Southwold has just entered the market with Apple Homes. It’s in good order as it’s been recently renovated by the current vendor, it’s very rentable due to the condition and location, so I would suggest rent in the region of £825 pcm which based on the guide price of £194,995 would provide a very reasonable 5% gross annual yield.

I don’t think this will be around for long, here is the link for more details;

January Sales Bargain for Bicester Landlords, 5.28% gross annual yield!

By | Deal of the week

Just spotted this gem on Rightmove. It’s a three bedroom end terrace property located in Southwold.  Read More

My thoughts on the future of the Bicester Buy-to-Let market

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I was recently reading a report by the Home website, which stated that hordes of landlords are selling their buy-to-let investments due to increasing burdens on them in the buy-to-let market. Their findings show that the number of new properties that came onto the market (for sale) nationally, jumped by 11% as a result.

The increasing burdens relate to new tax rules coming into effect over the next three to four years, as well as the announcement that all self-managing landlords (i.e. landlords that don’t use a letting agent to look after their buy-to-let property) will soon need to register with a compulsory redress scheme to resolve tenant arguments and disputes. This is because Westminster wants to heighten standards in the private-rented sector. Read More

Bicester Buy to Let Deal of the Week

By | Deal of the week

If you need something to get you in to the swing of 2018 after the festivities, this deal will get you excited! If it’s not gone already, this large 2 bed linked detached in the Glory Farm area is an ideal investment opportunity, it’s on the market with Barton Fleming for £265,000 and would rent for £1,000 providing a 4.52% gross annual yield. The rent is at the top end for a 2 bedroom property but this home is significantly bigger than your typical 2 bed in Bicester so would have no problem finding tenants at that price.

Here is the link for full details.