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Property market continues to boom despite end of SDLT holiday

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It’s fair to say the housing market is experiencing a remarkable surge at the moment. And in the words of our own agents; people are making up their own prices… and buyers are paying it, and then some!

The unprecedented boom in the price of property has been put down to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday, introduced by the Government at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, to keep the market moving during the numerous lockdowns. Nobody could have predicted the impact of this move.

The temporary nil rate for SDLT was introduced in April 2020 when the UK went into its first lockdown, allowing anyone to purchase a primary residential property up to the value of £500,000 without paying stamp duty. From 1st July, the nil rate band was reduced to £250,000 and will be reduced again on 1st October to return to the standard threshold of £125,000 (except for first-time buyers who have a threshold of £300,000).

Whilst potentially saving buyers thousands of pounds on the cost of purchasing a new property, it seems buyers are diverting the money “saved” in stamp duty and putting into the price they are willing to offer vendors. Add into the mix low interest rates, a stagnant stock market, savings made during lockdowns and no overseas travel, buyers suddenly have more disposable income that they are eager to put into a property purchase.

This action has driven up the cost of property to extraordinary levels, across the country. Mistoria’s own estate agents are seeing property selling for 30, 40, £50k more than it previously would have. Sarah Morris-Turner, branch manager at Mistoria Estate Agents Bolton said, “We can’t believe what we’re witnessing in the residential sales market at the moment. Every property that we bring to market we’re having to offer block viewings on due to the demand. From these viewings we’re receiving multiple offers, all of which are over the asking price!”

As original SDLT rates return on 1st October 2021, it was predicted that the end of the SDLT holiday would slow the market but, from Mistoria’s standpoint at least, this shows no sign of happening anytime soon.

Whilst rising prices has made for a seller’s market and boom time for the industry, there are concerns from an agent’s perspective. Morris-Turner continues, “It’s quite challenging valuing property in the current market. Some agents are valuing quite erratically giving false expectations to clients. As agents we have a responsibility to value property accurately, so as not to end up in negative equity. As and when the market dips, negative equity is a real concern for many buyers that suddenly find themselves with a property worth less than they paid for it.”

This call for caution is echoed by Dewi Caughter, branch manager at Mistoria Estate Agents in Cheadle. He says, “Whilst we are currently seeing property sell within seven days of coming to market, and for far more than the asking price, we predict next year may be more precarious for those currently paying overinflated prices for property. Should the market plateau, clients may face negative equity on their mortgages. It will be interesting to see how the market adjusts.”

There’s no doubting the SDLT holiday has done what it was intended to do in contributing towards keeping the housing market moving during the last 18 months of the Coronavirus pandemic but the long-term repercussions of such a rise in the cost of property is yet to be seen.

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If you’re considering buying or selling a property, the agents at Mistoria Estate Agents can help you navigate, make sense of and accurately value or make an offer on Bolton property prices. Speak to our friendly and expert team on 01204 800 766 or email bolton@mistoria.co.uk. You can find a Mistoria Estate Agent in Bolton, Cheadle, Liverpool, Salford and Walkden.

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What’s Driving the Current Surge in Property Valuation Prices, and is it Sustainable?

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2020 was undoubtedly a unique year by any standards. COVID-19 took the world by storm, forcing humanity to rethink its definition of normality and disrupting the global economy profoundly.

In the UK, the housing market was one of the most affected sectors of the economy. The factors affecting this sector include:

  • Brexit
  • The pandemic 
  • The success of the vaccine
  • How businesses will act post-pandemic

However, contrary to many expert predictions, the global pandemic has not spelt doom for the property market. On the contrary, demand for housing has increased tremendously, and it does not seem likely to wane any time soon.

Experts in residential properties Bolton, Mistoria Estate Agents have looked at the factors driving the surge in property values and predictions about its sustainability.

What is Driving the Surge in Property Valuation?

The primary reason for the drastic increase in the valuation of property is the chancellor’s stamp duty holiday. The government introduced this tax holiday to maintain stability in the housing sector, and the plan is working well.

The government is keen to maintain stability in the housing sector to avoid a severe crisis, as was witnessed in 2008. This single move has played the most significant role in ensuring that property value did not plummet due to the pandemic.

Additionally, banks throughout the country are being pragmatic and not increasing interest rates for mortgages. This has undoubtedly played a role in increasing the value of properties because buyers are not afraid of seeking loans to finance property purchases.

Moreover, people have been saving more over the past year than they did previously. This behaviour has also played a part in ensuring that the value of property keeps going up.

The pandemic itself has also led to increased valuation of the property. This is because of working from home, which has forced people to redefine what they want in a home.

For many city dwellers, staying at home for days on end led to the appreciation of space in a house. Consequently, many people are looking to move to the suburbs to have enough space to work comfortably from home.

On the flip side, property in the city has seen a drop in valuation, reflecting the decline in demand for homeownership in urban areas. People are no longer concerned about commuting for hours since they are working from home, which further decreases the lure of city property.

Is the Surge in residential properties Bolton sustainable?

According to many financial experts, the value of real property will level off in 2021. This is partly because the stamp duty holiday is set to expire by the end of June, making the transfer of property quite expensive.

However, demand for suburban property is set to continue increasing since the viability of working from home has been tested and proven. Therefore, people are bound to continue with the practice long after COVID becomes a thing of the past. If you want to sell your house fast, this is certainly the time to do it.

Contrary to many predictions, the value of property in 2021 has been increasing steadily despite the pandemic. This can be attributed to government policies as well as consumer behaviour. However, property value is set to level off in 2021 as the dust settles post-COVID.

To find out more, or for help and advice on matters relating to residential properties Bolton estate agents, Mistoria are experts in this field. Call them on 01204 800 766 or use the details on the contact page.

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Why Little Lever?

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Mistoria Estate Agents Bolton is based in the village location of Little Lever. This ever popular area is currently experiencing unprecedented demand with many of our instructed residential sales Little Lever being sold within 24 hours and exceeding asking price.

Despite the buoyant sales market countrywide, purchasers seem to be prioritising village locations to be closer to relatives and raise their families.

Bolton Masterplan

Little Lever has the added bonus of a draft framework masterplan in place to boost the economic prospects of the area by providing a growth strategy which will enhance the quality of village life whilst also providing much needed new housing and improved infrastructure. The ethos is to return to a more traditional style of town centre providing a social, economic and community hub with more local, independent shops and more emphasis on leisure and healthy spaces.

The existing parade of shops is earmarked for a complete overhaul with a new adjacent health centre and library which is already under construction.

There are plans for new outdoor seating spaces for people to meet and sit, making the town centre a destination for residents and visitors alike.

There are also several sites proposed for new build houses and apartments which will also provide an economic boost for local businesses.

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We are proud to be well established in this sought after area and have helped several vendors and landlords secure successful sales or lettings for their properties, and we hope to continue to do so during the next exciting phase of new development.

If we can assist with any property related enquiries please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01204 800766 or call in to see us in our busy Market Street branch or use the form on our contact page. The branch also offers a FREE valuation service, which you can request by clicking here. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, rent or let, the Mistoria Bolton team is on hand to help.

We are members of ARLA and NAEA Propertymark which means we meet higher industry standards than the law demands. Our experts undertake regular training to ensure they are up to date with best practice and complex legislative changes so they can offer you the best advice. We are also backed by a Client Money Protection scheme which guarantees your money is protected.

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Stamp duty holiday extension: what you need to know

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As part of his 2021 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the stamp duty holiday will be extended for a further three months until the end of June. For those looking to purchase a property in the near future, this provides much-needed reassurance and an incentive to push ahead with their purchase. If you have a house for sale Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents have put together all you need to know about the stamp duty holiday extension and how it could affect you.

Stamp duty holiday extension: the details

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is a tax on the purchase of property or land in England and Northern Ireland.

Last year, many buyers took a financial hit because of the coronavirus pandemic and began reconsidering their options. In response, the government announced it would temporarily increase the nil-rate band (the amount at which tax becomes payable) to £500,000 until the end of March. This has now been extended to the end of June. After that, it will reduce to £250,000 until the end of September, when it returns the standard rate of £125,000.

How does this affect you?

The stamp duty holiday has boosted the property market as intended, but this has created delays in the purchase process. Through no fault of their own, many buyers have found themselves stuck, unsure whether their purchase would be completed in time to qualify for the stamp duty holiday. The extension has relieved pressure on these buyers and encouraged them to push ahead with their purchases.

For those buyers who don’t meet the initial deadline, the staggered return to the standard stamp duty rate ensures they won’t run off a cliff-edge at the end of June. Providing they complete their purchase before the end of September, they still stand to make a significant saving.

If you have a house for sale Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents can help

Whilst the stamp duty holiday extension has eased the pressure on buyers, a swift, hassle-free sale is still essential to ensure you make the maximum saving. Mistoria Estate Agents is a professional letting service with many high-quality, affordable properties in Bolton, and our team of experts will seamlessly guide you through the process. For more information, call us on 01204 800 766 or use the details on our contact page.

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How to sell a property in 2021

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Last year property demand surged, as buyers rushed to capitalise on the Stamp Duty holiday and repeated lockdowns left many people wanting to move. With Stamp Duty set to return in April 2021 and restrictions set to continue, it’s likely to be another busy year in the property market. With this in mind, if you’re looking to sell a property Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents has put together some top tips…

Make your home look its best

Clean your house and clear any clutter (including the front and back gardens, if you have them). If your property is messy and covered with personal belongings, it can be difficult for a viewer to imagine their ideal version of it, making them less likely to buy.

In addition to cleaning up, you could invest in some home improvements, such as installing a new fireplace or redecorating a room – however, first check with an estate agent if this would be worth the cost. If not, some DIY work, such as hanging new wallpaper or replacing a light fitting, could give your property an edge.

When trying making your house stand out, consider how the pandemic has changed what people look for in a living space. Home-working is now common, and therefore an office is highly desirable for many buyers. If you have one, make sure it’s clearly stated and pictured in your listing, and ensure it’s optimised for working in. Perhaps you don’t have a purpose-built office, but do have the space for one – if so, you might consider transforming it before you sell.

Set the right asking price

Overvalued properties take longer to sell, which in turn creates more problems, because a property that has been on the market for a long time is less attractive to potential buyers. It also reduces your chances of capitalising on the Stamp Duty holiday.

To avoid this, think carefully and research similar properties that have recently sold in your local area. Then, ask some estate agents to value your property. It’s wise to obtain several valuations from different agencies to gain a figure you can be confident in.

Reassess your approach if necessary

If your property isn’t selling, you should try to find out why. Talk to your estate agent about this. Are there any desirable features that aren’t being advertised well enough? Or something specific you can address that’s holding back potential buyers?

Alternatively, you might need a new estate agent. If you’re considering this, it’s best to act quickly – there is often a set notice period you must give your current agent before another firm can re-list the property.

If you’re looking to sell a property Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents can help

With everything else going on at the moment, selling your home brings added unwelcome stress. We are a professional estate agent in Bolton that’s here to provide expert guidance on how to sell a property in 2021 and beyond. Whether it’s developing a marketing plan or handling all the complex paperwork, we have the experience and knowledge you need. To find out more, call us on 01204 800 766 or use the details on our contact page.