If you’re a South African expat living in the UK, you might be tempted to buy some property – whether it’s a home to live in or a property to rent. Property in the UK has always been seen as an excellent investment and although it is considered to be expensive, when compared to many other countries, its demand has not dropped and house prices have not significantly declined, even during the recent banking crisis.
What expats should know about buying property in the UK
Be aware of the London bubble
London is a law unto itself when compared to the rest of the UK. In London, property is in extremely short supply and prices are significantly higher when compared to the rest of the country.
Now is looking like a good time to buy
Until very recently property prices in the UK have just been escalating, but the Nationwide House Price Index has recently revealed that house prices fell in the UK in April by 0.4%. This fall is the worst monthly decline since 2012 with the average price of a UK home falling to £207,699. Even though there has been a fall, the index is still 2.6% higher than April 2016 – so it looks like a good time for first-time buyers to take advantage of the drop and get on the property ladder.
One of the reasons for the house price decline has been put on the shoulders of the national shortage of houses. People are tired of looking and have started to lose interest, resulting in the house price drop.
Data shows sales remain strong
The property website Rightmove has reported that despite the decline in asking prices, the number of agreed sales has increased by 7% compared to June 2016 and were the highest seen in May for 10 years, with the exception of 2014.
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