New housing is a hotly debated subject in the UK. Despite the recent uptick in building rates, demand continues to outstrip supply and more a ordable homes need to be built. The situation has improved over the last few years; the number of new homes started and nished 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 nd 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 ve per cent. That means that since the credit crunch in 2008, the UK housing stock has grown by around ve percent, which is no small feat.
We conservatively estimate there have been 443 new build starts in SE18 in 2015–16. Over the same period, there have been an estimated 696 new properties completed, an increase of 59 per cent from the preceding 12 months. There are approximately 271 more properties under construction in 2015–6 than five years ago — a 158 per cent increase. To reach these figures, we’ve applied a proportional amount of the government’s district-level house building figures to SE18 to estimate levels of new stock in the local area and with all the regeneration taking place we would expect the true figures to be considerably higher.
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 62.6 per cent of residents in SE18 renting property, potential investors can be optimistic at their chances of nding 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.