Archive for June, 2010
We’re a little bit curious at Zoopla.co.uk and, because we list every UK home (all 27m of them – yes, yours will be found here), we’re able to carry out some unique property research looking at the whole of the market – not just focusing on properties for sale and to rent.
We wondered if there was any link between the name of the ‘street’ or ‘road’ or ‘avenue’ where you live and the value of your property.
Most people typically don’t pay much attention to the name of the road when deciding where to buy but our research shows that names can have an impact on both property values and the appearance of exclusivity. it turns out the average property on a ‘Hill’ is worth £185,000 more than the average property on a ‘Street‘. So, paying a little more attention to the street name and not just the neighbours, may have an impact on the value of your home.
So, we calculated the average property values for each of the 858,000 (858,724 to be precise) residential locations in the UK and it turns out that the highest value properties in the UK are to be found on a ‘Hill’, where average house prices stand at £341,466; well above the national average.
Here are some of the key findings:
• Properties located on ‘Hills’ and ‘Lanes’ worth 50% more than national average
• ‘Streets’ and ‘Terraces’ have lowest average property values across the UK
• ‘Road’ most common residential suffix in UK whilst ‘Mews’ most exclusive
• Homes on ‘Church Lane’ worth more than double those on ‘Chapel Street’
Other names at the top of the list included ‘Lane’ where average home values are £328,378, ‘Mews’ coming in at £294,869, ‘Park’ at £283,069 and ‘Green’ where an average home will set you back £269,861.
At the other end of the spectrum, the average property on a ‘Street’ in the UK is valued today at £155,515, less than half that of one on a ‘Hill’ and well below the national average. ‘Terrace’ only fared marginally better than ‘Street’ in the rankings with an average value of £156,387. Also rounding out the bottom 5 were ‘Crescent’ with average property prices of £176,942, ‘Court’ coming in at £178,488 and ‘View’ where the average property costs £184,546 today.
The most common residential location name by far is ‘Road’ with 144,322 of them across the UK. The next most common being ‘Close’ with 98,778 of them, followed by ‘Street’ with 58,637 spread across the country. The research also revealed that there are three times as many ‘Roads’ as ‘Avenues’ (47,488) and three times as many ‘Avenues’ as ‘Terraces’ (16,532).
In terms of exclusivity, the least common location names within the top 20 were revealed as ‘Square’ (3,859) and ‘Mews’ (4,825). Owners of properties in a ‘Mews’ have reason to celebrate their home buying skills, having come in the top 3 both in terms of average property values and exclusivity.
When it comes to specific road names, 5 of the top 20 most common in the UK include either ‘Church’ or ‘Chapel’ in the name. But despite being amongst the most common, those with ‘Church’ in the name are also amongst the highest valued with the average property on the 1,547 ‘Church Lanes’ across the UK valued at an impressive £364,635 compared to the national average of £217,624. Other key words in road names that appear to have a positive impact on property values include ‘Mill’, ‘School’ and ‘Green’. Conversely properties on the 507 ‘Chapel Streets’ around the country are valued well below average at £159,433.
The most common road names in the UK are ‘High Street’ (2,431 of them) and ‘Station Road’ (1,929 of them) but despite the names being common, property values on both remain higher than the national average at £237,992 and £231,943 respectively, due to their typical proximity to the local services suggested in their names.
Most Common Location Names
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Most Common Street Names
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According to reports in the Daily Mail, ageing rocker Ronnie Wood has reduced the asking price on his Queen Anne house built c.1700 which directly overlooks the River Thames on London’s Cheyne Walk, SW10.
He first listed his property for sale in October 2009 for £6.5m, but recently reduced the asking price to £5.875million. It’s reported that he actually paid £7.25m for the property just over two years ago and that a hefty divorce settlement has led to the sale of the property.
We estimate the value of 103 Cheyne Walk, London, SW10 to be £10,138,631. This is higher than the average current value for homes on Cheyne Walk, SW10, which is £2,677,955. There have been 3 property sales on Cheyne Walk in the last 12 months, with the average price paid being £2,408,333.
Cheyne Walk has long been home to many a wealthy individual and has been dubbed “Rolling Stones Row” – Mick Jagger used to live at number 48 and Keith Richard at number 3 with Bill Wyman who, it’s believed is still living a stones (sorry) throw away on the Kings Road.
According to the selling agents:
“…the property extends to some 4,228 sq ft, the house has detailed planning consent for extension to provide approximately 7,300 sq ft of accommodation. The current consents, confirmed in November 2007, provide for a much extended house with basement, sub-basement and swimming pool. Various documents, elevations and plans are available upon request.”
If there’s one thing yesterday’s emergency budget proved, it’s how important an active property market is to the coalition. Chancellor George Osborne’s speech plunged the hatchet into many contentious and sensitive areas of the economy cutting benefits, big infrastructure projects and civil service pay and yet – along with booze and cigarettes – property survived largely unscathed.
But Osbourne is just outside that fence, watching. He is to review the Stamp Duty holiday for first time buyers purchasing homes up to £250,000 and tinkered with the fringes including a limit on housing benefit.
The big news from the budget was the immediate increase in Capital Gains Tax to 28 per cent for higher rate tax payers. There are currently approximately four million people in the UK who earn enough to pay the top income rate tax of 40% on incomes between £37,500 and £150,000 a year or, if you earn over £150,000, 50%.
For middle-income earners – namely those earning up to £37,500 – Capital Gains Tax remains the same.
So the higher CGT will only impact higher income bracket earners who are landlords looking to sell off their buy-to-let property now – which at any one time is thought to be approximately 50,000 (or 5%) of the UK’s one million buy-to-let investors with another 50,000 facing the new higher rate on sales of other, non-property assets such as shares.
But if they among this group and were planning to sell up then the tax-revenue argument kicks in. Too much tax and people avoid it by waiting until the tax goes down. So people will simply delay selling their buy-to-let properties, particularly as the rental market is strong at the moment.
But experts think Osborne has shut the stable door too late. Most of the country’s ‘reluctant’ landlords have already sold up and exited the buy-to-let market.
The most severe impact on the market may be to subdue demand for buy-to-let properties, particularly new builds. Investors wary of CGT remaining high for a prolonged period may decide property investment is not for them.
Lastly, the VAT rate hike is also unlikely to upset the market. New builds or conversions completed as a business projects are zero-rate – i.e. people can reclaim the VAT on building materials and services after the project is finished. So the only pain is that you’ll need to pay an extra 2.5% upfront in VAT before claiming it back.