Friday, 15 May 2015

Are Attitudes to Home Ownership changing in Royal Tunbridge Wells?

Speaking to a Bank Manager the other day in Royal Tunbridge Wells, we got talking about the state of the Royal Tunbridge Wells property market and whether we, as a Country, are turning more and more to the European style of property ownership, where it is the norm to rent as a opposed to automatically buying once you have a good job etc.

Even though a recent report by the Halifax stated homeownership remains a goal for 85% of twenty to forty five year olds, there is information emerging that attitudes in the UK towards renting your own home as opposed to owning it have softened, showing more and more, that renting is being seen as a life style choice.  In fact it is recognised in learned circles that the cycle of renting is also repeated by the fact that people who grow up primarily in rented accommodation are themselves more likely to rent than buy.

The biggest barrier often mentioned to buying a house is the claim that they are not buying property at the moment because of a lack of sufficient wages and by the high level of deposits but like we said a few weeks ago, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, if a couple, one  on the average Royal Tunbridge Wells salary of £35,338 pa and the other on the Minimum wage, assuming they had a reasonable credit history they would be showered with lenders offering them a 95% mortgage (a reasonable credit history means they haven’t defaulted on loans, paid all their bills on time nor got any County Court Judgements. Just because you missed just one credit card payment wont mean you have messed up your credit score and your ability to get a mortgage) and they would only need to find £7,700 as a deposit to buy a top of the range one bed apartment in an up market area of Royal Tunbridge Wells or a good honest utilitarian, yet very well built, ex local authority 3 bed semi in Rusthall ..it comes down to the perceived capability of the youngsters in Royal Tunbridge  Wells to buy nowadays.

Interestingly, when I looked at the Royal Tunbridge Wells figures, the average Royal Tunbridge  Wells tenant has a older profile (especially the 35 to 49 year olds) than the English and Welsh average, as can be seen from the graph below. What interested me as well was the relatively large number of people renting over the age of 50! I know we have a large number of mature tenants at our agency, but I always thought that was the exception to the rule. Obviously not!  (And that is good news for landlords as they make excellent tenants)

So what does all this mean for Royal Tunbridge Wells landlords and future Royal Tunbridge  Wells landlords? I honestly believe there is a difference between the hope and perceived capability of the younger generation to buy a home. Although homeownership is seen as advantageous by a majority, many tenants admitted in the Halifax report they are not taking the steps they need to purchase their own home.

As the local authority aren’t building any properties in Royal Tunbridge  Wells, people still need a roof over the head, and that is why, as I mentioned a few weeks ago in the Royal Tunbridge  Wells Property Blog, the demand for rental properties will only continue to steadily rise in the coming decade. If want to know where the Royal Tunbridge  Wells Property market is heading and where you should (and shouldn’t buy), maybe the one place you should visit is the Royal Tunbridge  Wells Property Blog 

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