With many continuing to watch and wait before making their next house move, we look at the latest market trends impacting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.
A good time to sell?
With the effects of Brexit still unclear, homeowners continue to hold off putting their homes on the market. A gradual dip in house prices means some are still waiting for property prices to rise before listing their home. But remember, it’s likely that if your own home is being valued at a lower price, so is the one you’re looking to buy.
While the supply may be low, the demand for properties is still high. Many people do still want and need to move, whether to be closer to a new job, school catchment zone or to accommodate a growing family. This February, we saw our best sales month since November 2016, suggesting more people are letting Brexit simmer in the background while they focus on taking the next step. Our advice? Prioritise the needs of your lifestyle over uncertainty around Brexit.
New lettings legislation
In contrast to the housing market, lettings is a hotbed of activity.
From the 1st of June, new legislation will come into action across England and Wales that stops tenants paying lettings fees. It’s thought that, as a result of the new Tenant Fees Bill, monthly rents may rise, as landlords attempt to offset some of the costs that are associated with referencing, inventories and admin. However, it will make the initial financial outlay when renting a property more affordable for tenants.
But what about those who still struggle to save up ahead of a move?
In an attempt to support tenants in the private rental sector further, the government also announced that security deposits will be reduced from 6 weeks rent to 5 weeks from 1st June.
Nil deposits are also starting to enter the market. This alternative to a traditional deposit scheme asks new tenants for around one week’s non-refundable rent upfront, as opposed to holding a full deposit. Essentially, it is a form of insurance, which allows landlords to claim for the cost of any damage or unpaid rent at the end of a tenancy, whilst giving tenants the flexibility to move easily and stop cash being tied up.
For those on the property ladder, mortgages remain competitive. There are a choice of lenders in the market competing for business, giving homeowners a variety of great deals.
Historical UK Mortgage approvals:
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For first time buyers (and their parents), there’s even more good news. Some mortgage companies are now offering first time buyers the option to put a gifted deposit, which has been donated by parents, into a savings account. It remains in the account until the first three years of the mortgage has been paid. Thereafter, it can be released, along with any interest that’s been accumulated over the period. This allows parents to retain their savings, whilst new homeowners build trust with their lender.
First time buyers also remain exempt from paying stamp duty if the property price is below £300,000, helping to make buying a first home more affordable.
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Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!
Miss Jasper Taunton Road
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Dr Crichton The Ridgway
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Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.
Ms Goodey Franklin Road
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Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
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Mrs Brooker Buller Road
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.
Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close
It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic.
Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean
Paula was absolutely amazing!
Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.
Ms Curtis The Ridgway
Excellent Service from start to finish.
Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...
Mr Vernon Woodingdean
Very helpful and patient team.
Mrs Shea Selborne Place
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.
Mr Upton Buller Road
The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.
Miss Hockly Fiveways
Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!
Ms Easterbrook Bear Road
Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.
Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services
Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!
Mr Brown Titian Road
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace
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Ms Schulte Bear Road
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Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
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Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close
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Mrs Lincoln Hove
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Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Thanks David, all very professional.
Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended.
Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road
Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.
Ms Longley Kingsbury Street
We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.
Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road
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Mr Beddington Brading Road
Very thorough & very informative.
Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road
Excellent service as always
Mr Field Ringmer Road
Thank you for everything!
Ms Tucker Willow Close
Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice.
Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.
Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
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Ms Lyons Woodingdean
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!
Ms Waters Cowley Drive
Paul was absolutely brilliant.
Mrs Tasker Fiveways
All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend.
Mrs Hammond Hove
Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.
Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
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Mr Field Mafeking Road
Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated.
Ms Gray Lewes Road
I would recommend Maslen to anyone.
Mrs Tripp Woodingdean
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
Already recommended you! Thank you.
Mr Edwards The Ridgway
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.
Ms A King Balfour Road
Best Agents in Brighton.
Mrs Field Tarner Road
Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.
Ms Frederick Channel View Road
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mr McBlane Hove
Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported.
Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road
Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent
Ms McGrigor Milner Road
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!
Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road
Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.
Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road
Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with.
Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road
I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!
Mr Flynn Woodingdean
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.
Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
Mr Standing Newmarket Road
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mr Gibbs Lewes Road
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!
Miss O'Haire Hove
Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.
Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road
A really good experience.
Mr Tibble Lewes Road
Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
Ms Greene Lewes Road
Thanks for an excellent service.
Mr King Hove
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
First class service from a first class team.
Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway
Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.
Mr Wells Bishops Road
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road
First class service. Friendly and professional.
Mr Thorne The Avenue