How Did the Housing Market Perform in July?

According to PropertyMark’s report, 31% of properties sold for more than their original asking price. As well as this, supply of properties increased, with around 15 buyers being interested in each property over the month of July.

This is positive news for the housing market, as it shows there is increased interest in property from the previous year. The UK has continued its uplift in property demand since the Covid-19 pandemic, which presents a good opportunity for those looking to sell their homes.

How Has the Pandemic Affected the Housing Market?

While the Covid-19 pandemic is still making waves across the UK, increased vaccination rates and the removal of lockdown measures has made it much easier, and much more appealing, to purchase property for homebuyers in the UK.

Not only has the end of lockdown proved to be a driving force for the housing market in 2021, but the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday has also had a significant impact on sales. The SDLT holiday, which was put into place to help keep the housing market afloat, came to an end in June, resulting in a surge of property purchases before the deadline. Since the start of July, the SDLT threshold has been lowered to £250,000.

What’s in Store for the Rest of 2021?

According to PropertyMark’s report, the market is still “moving in the correct direction”, with the supply of property beginning to increase. The number of homes selling for over the asking price has also started to even out, meaning the property market is showing more signs of stability for the rest of the year.

It’s also predicted that, with the Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold set to return to its original figure in October 2021, that the market will even out further once spending habits “return to normality” in a post-Covid UK.

How We Can Help

With our extensive knowledge of the housing market, as well as the factors that can impact it, we’re here to help advise you on the sale or purchase of your next property.

If you’re looking to sell or purchase a home in Tamworth or the surrounding areas, such as Lichfield or Sutton Coldfield, please get in touch with a member of our team to see how we can support you. Call 01827 311412 or email [email protected] to contact us today.

We are incredibly proud of our positive reviews, so we are delighted to be recognised for our dedication to our customers. Our bronze, silver and gold winning team members, as well as representing Tamworth as the allAgents Best Overall Estate Agents of the Year, demonstrates our dedication to our clients and our high level of customer care.

Whether buying or letting properties, we lead with an innovative approach, as well as our experience and thorough knowledge of Tamworth and its neighbouring areas. This allows us to go the extra mile for our customers, making sure they receive quality advice throughout their buying or selling journey, making their move as easy as possible.

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We are proud to announce that Taylor Cole Estate Agents have been awarded the 2021 allAgents People Awards for Tamworth, with the office scooping Gold, Silver and Bronze. We are so pleased that members of our team have been individually recognised for their outstanding work.

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We are proud of our team at Taylor Cole Estate Agents and are appreciative of their continued efforts to go above and beyond for our clients.

If you are looking to buy or sell your home, find out how our outstanding team can support you. Get in touch with our sales team on 01827 311412, and our lettings team on 01827 311511 today.

The holiday was originally proposed to end in March, however in the Budget, Sunak announced that the holiday will continue until the 30th of June, allowing buyers and sellers additional time to complete their transactions before the deadline.

If you are in the market for a property over the £500,000 threshold, you will be taxed on the value above that amount. You can calculate how much stamp duty you will have to pay by using our online stamp duty calculator.

What is stamp duty?

Stamp duty is the tax paid on the purchase of property or land in England and Northern Ireland and is calculated based on the value of the property you are buying. The higher the cost of the property, the higher the stamp duty to pay.

What does this mean for the property market?

The extension of the SDLT holiday will create financial relief for many buyers looking for a new property. With an extra three months to get finances and transactions in order, it is a beneficial outcome for many people that are currently struggling to get financially organised.

The holiday also aims to give another kick-start to the property market, in order to boost enthusiasm and give first time buyers the opportunity to get on the property ladder.

If you are a first time buyer, check out our 5 top tips for buying your first home, or read more about how the government’s 5% scheme helps first time buyers.

What do I need to know if I’m looking to purchase a property now?

If you are someone who is beginning your property search, it is important to be aware that an extension doesn’t necessarily mean that this SDLT holiday will remain in place by the time that the sale goes through.

Delays and chains can result in a lengthy transaction of up to 6 months, so it is important to stay organised and move quickly and efficiently during your property purchase in order to meet the deadline.

It is also important to note that the government is also backing the introduction of 95% mortgage. It would always be beneficial for potential clients to speak to a staff member for further details.

Taylor Cole Estate Agents

If you are looking into buying, selling, renting, or letting any properties, our expert team at Taylor Cole Estate Agents are highly trained and passionate about Tamworth and the surrounding areas.

Whether you’re looking for support or just some advice about the local property market and how to start your search, call us on 01827 311412 today.

As Tamworth’s top estate agents, Taylor Cole and our expert team remain open as usual to ensure that moving home and related activities can happen safely. Whether you are buying,selling or letting a new property, we can help.

The process of moving property is a little bit different to normal, with estate agents across England changing their processes to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. For example, we are currently not allowing visitors to our offices. If you must visit us in person to pick up keys or for any other reason, only one person will be permitted into the office and you must wear a suitable face covering as per government guidance.

During this time we encourage all parties to be as flexible as possible. If you are interested in moving home during the next few weeks, we have compiled some key advice on what to expect:

What to expect when buying or renting a property

If you are buying or renting a property, it is likely that we will arrange an in-person viewing. It is important to remember that:

After viewing, you are welcome to make an offer or reserve the property as normal. After this has been agreed, you may want to revisit the property to measure up. When doing so, it is important to maintain social distancing.

You may also want to arrange for a tradesperson to carry out inspections on the property. Where doing so, this should be scheduled with one person visiting the property at a time.

What to expect when selling or renting out a property

If you are selling or renting out your property, you should:

When putting your house on the market, if you or any member of your household are showing symptoms or self-isolating, you must make us aware so that we can arrange viewings for when it is safe to do so.

After viewings have taken place, you are free to accept an offer as normal.

If your property is being surveyed, you should ensure the surveyor has access to all necessary parts of the property and you should minimise contact by staying in another room.

What to expect from the housing market

The Prime Minister has already stated that the government may have to do more if the current lockdown rules do not appear to stem the current spike in coronavirus cases. Labour leader Keir Starmer has already called for property viewings to be stopped during the current lockdown.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep our clients updated as to our processes and procedures should anything need to change. 

To read the Government’s advice in full, visit their official website.

If Taylor Cole Estate Agents can support you in any way, or if you have any questions, please contact us by calling 01827 311412.

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