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Our most viewed properties on Rightmove

Views for our listed properties on Rightmove have doubled in the last 7 weeks as well as surpassing the views for this time last year by 10 million! We  thought we would share some of our highest viewed properties that we have listed on Rightmove.  Here's the top 10:- 1. Proctor Drive – Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, Offers in excess of £980,000  968,626 Rightmove views A ...

Demand for viewings up and continuing to rise

Here at haart, we have been open throughout lockdown, whilst not in the branches physically, we have been working from home.  Since the government announced that Estate Agents could reopen from the 13th May, demand for house viewings and valuations has skyrocketed and increased significantly every week.  Our network of haart branches have experienced high demand , with June vi ...

Launch of Nightingale Quarter a success

The hotly anticipated launch of one of Derby’s most dynamic developments was a resounding success on Saturday 29th February, with Nightingale Quarter seeing 40 plots sold off-plan to buyers keen to invest in the future of Derby. The site proved popular with hundreds of people attending the launch event with both First Time Buyers and Investors eager to secure their new propert ...

Landlord advice: Making post-storm checks

Storm Ciara, the first major weather event of the year passed through the UK in just two days. We saw trains, flights and even sporting fixtures cancelled and debris swirled around the sky. Then hot on Ciara’s heels came Dennis, although less severe it added to the woes of so many affected communities. But the storms may have left longer-term impacts than were immediately appa ...

A quiet start to the year? We’ve had a reshuffle, yet another new Housing Minister and some stormy weather

Finally, winter is about to make way for spring - welcome news for those of us who prefer the warmer seasons. But it’s at this time of year that we can expect to see a significant weather event - and we’ve already had two! The first storm earlier this month – although brief - was responsible for uprooting trees, caused widespread flooding, and left thousands of households wit ...

Confidence, asking prices and activity are all on the rise

Looking across the market - the industry bodies, trade groups and many property price indices are sharing their views about what’s happening to property price, rents and sentiment. Confidence indicators It seems that how the market is talked up - or down – can either provide self-perpetuating confidence… or stifle the market. Right now, the market is buoyant, and the headline ...

Rental market predictions over the next 5 years

It appears the new decade has had a positive start! As analysed in our article here– Rightmove has seen an increase in asking prices; RICS are witnessing confidence amongst its members; and the two leading mortgage providers are seeing an increase in house price values through its mortgage transaction data – and so it would appear the decisive result of the 2019 General Electi ...

What could current market conditions mean for rents?

The year appears to have started in a buoyant mood for the UK property market.  Rightmove has seen an increase in asking prices; The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors claim increased confidence amongst its members and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA Propertymark) have reported that property sales and mortgage approvals have risen.  Finally, after years of ...

Market prediction: Optimism for the 2020 rental market

If there is one thing the property market dislikes, it is uncertainty. Regardless of individual opinions about Brexit and UK politics generally, many believe the decisive result of the UK general election will lead to what some are calling a ‘Boris Bounce’. It would appear there will be no more threats of ‘dying in ditches’ from the Prime Minister: The UK will leave the EU at ...

House prices growth improves; whilst rents continue to rise

haart comments Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953 Rents in London increased by 2.1% in December 2019 versus in the same month of 2018; the average rent in the capital now stands at £1,630 a month When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £79 ...

Where you could invest in 2020

Property experts across the UK are predicting an increase in demand for property in the early part of this year, meaning that the somewhat cautious attitude towards buying a property may dissipate and confidence returns. Within the New Homes market, we expect to see housebuilders create some urgency within their messages to buyers, in advance of tighter rules and regional caps ...

The end of the S21 – what do you need to know

The Rented Homes Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 22 January, and now begins its passage through parliament. The next stage – which has yet to be scheduled – will be a second reading in the upper house. This is the first opportunity for peers to scrutinise and comment on the bill. The proposal will then pass through several more stages: Committee, Reports a ...

How the 2010s affected property prices

It’s safe to say the 2010s have been a difficult decade in terms of political uncertainty from the initial EU referendum to the final decision on Brexit.  This has been reflected in property price growth over the decade compared to the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as reported by the Nationwide house price index. How have house prices changed over the decades? On average the propert ...

As the General Election concludes – what will change for the PRS?

We’ve finally reached the end of what feels like a very lengthy General Election campaign. This historic, first December poll for almost a century has returned Boris Johnson to No.10 Downing Street with a stronger majority than when he entered. The Conservative Party had promised to push housing further up the agenda in the next parliament so, just what can we look forward to ...

A year in the PRS

As we bid farewell to an eventful and unpredictable 2019, we’ve looked at just what has changed in the Private Rented Sector since the start of the year. Interest rates: The Bank of England base rate remained unchanged throughout the whole year, staying at 0.75%, meaning official rates have not risen above 1% since February 2009. Interest rates were as high as 6% at the star ...

The PRS and the Environment

One of the biggest topics dominating the news this year has been increased concern over the impact of climate change, pollution of our oceans and the quality of the air that we breathe. Many people agree that the Earth’s natural resources are coming under increased pressure as a result of single-use plastics, coal fired power stations and the impact of airplanes, cars, trucks ...

Introducing LetTrak

So much can change in a decade.  Back in 2010 we thought we were tech savvy if we had an iPhone; whilst iPads had only just launched - and not many of us owned one.  Meanwhile the concept of ‘working 9-5’ or commuting to office five days was set to change with the launch of WeWork in 2010; whilst taxi hailing firm Uber was already a year old. We didn’t realise it at the ti ...

Extreme Weather, Christmas Songs, and the General Election – but life goes on in the PRS

As we approach the final month of 2019, we’ve already witnessed the first extreme weather event of the season with devastating floods impacting parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire. The images of stranded cars, residential roads being passable only by boat and water gushing through family homes are all too familiar; but are devastating for everybody effected. Meanwhile, it seem ...

A decade of life in the Private Rented Sector

According to tenant referencing provider HomeLet, over the past year rents have risen 2.7%, whilst the Office of National Statistics report that house prices have risen by just 1.3%. However, whilst we all often focus on what has happened versus the previous month or year - just how has the property market changed within the last decade?     Start of the decade By th ...

Protecting your investment throughout winter

The recent floods across parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire remind just us how brutal the UK weather can be over the winter months. Our thoughts are with the many communities impacted by the floods. It is always astonishing to see just how much damage flood water can do to a property. In some instances, residents need to move out of their home for months- or even years- whils ...

Could you become an Accidental Landlord?

Whether you’ve inherited a home, or moved in with a partner; if you find you now have a “spare” property - could you become an accidental landlord?  The current economic uncertainty is causing some would-be-sellers to hesitate before putting their property up for sale – and so if you’d rather not sell a “spare” property right now, then you could find becoming a landlord provi ...

Political Uncertainty and the property market

After the recent ‘Super Saturday’ defeat in Westminster, it remains unclear whether we will leave the EU at the end of October. But now that a general election is expected early in the New Year, we have several more months of the main parties making claims and promises in the run up to the publication of their manifestoes. The policies intended to tackle what some describe as ...

Rents continue to rise whilst house price growth stalls

haart says: Rents in the UK rose by 2.5% in September compared to the same time a month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £967 Rents in London increased by 3.3% in September this year compared to September 2018; the average monthly rent in the capital now stands at £1,694 When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £797 in September 2019, th ...

Rent Controls: Explained

In the latest in our series of blogs, we ask “Would rent controls be a good, or a bad thing?” If some opinions in the market are to be believed, landlords are raising rents beyond reasonable expectation, whenever they like - which is why Rent Controls appear to be a policy the Labour party may adopt into a future manifesto.   However, whilst the policy could appear to be in s ...

Thinking of expanding your portfolio? We've assessed your options

There appears to be no slow-down in the demand for rental homes, but there is a decline in the volume of properties available for rent. This means the UK is crying out for new landlords to enter the sector, or for existing landlords to increase their portfolio. If you’re one of those landlords who is looking to expand your portfolio, just what are your options? We asked our In ...

How the property market is responding to Brexit uncertainty

Now that the evenings are drawing in and the familiar smell of barbeques wafting across from the neighbour’s fences are few and far between, we’ve clearly reached autumn.  Although the seasons follow a familiar pattern and we’re all preparing for the colder months ahead - the world of politics is proving to anything but predictable! It seems the only thing with any certainty ...

What will the next Government have in store for housing?

Although MPs aren’t due to return to Westminster until the middle of October, the annual Conference Season is now in full swing so there is no escaping politics. However, with a General Election widely believed to be on the way this year, all eyes will be on what policies each party could develop and form into their manifestos. What do we know so far about the main party polic ...

With two new Housing Ministers and a new PM: What is in store for the Private Rented Sector

As the summer defined by record-breaking heatwaves being followed by torrential rain and storms starts to draw to a close, we hope the autumn weather will be a little more predictable. However, it is just a matter of days until Boris Johnson’s brand-new Government returns to Westminster, and speculation is mounting about just what may happen between in the 59 days between the ...

Tenant demand increase, as supply of rented homes falls

The most recent HomeLet Rental Index released this month shows that rents across the UK have risen by 2.3% versus the same time last year; this is up from 1.8% in June. Meanwhile, our own data from June revealed that there has been a staggering 23% surge in the number of tenants looking to rent compared to the same time last year, however this is not being matched by supply - ...

What is Build-to-Rent, and how will it affect Private Landlords?

Build-to-Rent: Explained  So, just what is ‘Build-to-Rent’ – and how may it impact private landlords? More than a decade ago, a comprehensive report into the Private Rented Sector was released which concluded there was an urgent need for institutional investment into private rented homes in the UK. Some believed the plan was to squeeze private landlords out of the market – h ...