New housing is a hotly debated subject in the UK. Despite the recent uptick in building rates, demand continues to outstrip supply and more affordable homes need to be built. The situation has improved over the last few years; the number of new homes started and finished in the UK is at a nine-year high. However, forecasts show that England alone needs to build 50 per cent more homes to keep up with demand, so the issue is far from resolved. The pressure is mounting on the government to find a solution. 156,140 new homes were registered for construction in 2015, the highest it has been in eight years. This was half a per cent higher than the previous year and 45 per cent higher than 2009.
From 2014 to 2015, private sector starts increased by seven per cent, while Housing Association starts rose by five per cent. That means that since the credit crunch in 2008, the UK housing stock has grown by around five percent, which is no small feat.
We estimate there have been 114 new build starts in M20 in 2015–16. Over the same period, there have been an estimated 63 new properties completed. There are approximately 22 more properties under construction in 2015–6 than five years ago — a 24 per cent increase. To reach these figures, we’ve applied a proportional amount of the government’s district-level house building figures to M20 to estimate levels of new stock in the local area.
Despite all this building, the issue facing aspiring home owners is that demand for housing is still far greater than the current supply. When new build properties come on to the market they tend to be for a premium. However, there are several schemes to help buyers purchase new build homes at discounted prices. One of these is Discounted Sales, a scheme available from some councils that allows you to buy a new home at a reduced rate.
The low homes to people ratio is good news for buy-to-let landlords. With 50.8 per cent of residents in M20 renting property, potential investors can be optimistic at their chances of finding tenants if they decide to purchase a rental property. Rental demand is high, which means void periods should be minimal.
If you would like to have a chat about new build possibilities, any other property that has taken your fancy, or you would like to sell or let your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.