Helping you move during local lockdown restrictions

At Walton & Allen estate agents, our top priority is the safety of our staff and clients, both new and existing. We realise, however, that many of you still need to move home during the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Walton & Allen estate agents are continuing to operate during Nottingham lockdown restrictions, but with safety measures in place.

Property valuations

We are still conducting property valuations (sales and lettings) and we are still placing new property listings on the market.

Valuations are still taking place in person. Our Senior Valuers have been supplied with plenty of PPE gear including masks, gloves and hand sanitiser. Valuers are also strictly following social distancing guidelines when they visit a property.

We are also offering video call valuations if you would prefer to communicate online at this time.

Please call us on 0115 924 3304 to arrange a property valuation.

Property viewings

Where possible, we are asking those who are interested in buying or letting a property to first view a video tour.

We may have limited access to some properties currently. For example, if there are large families or a large number of tenants in the property then we will be restricted to when we can visit with interested parties.

When attending a viewing, we will ask you to wear a mask at all times. We will also ask you to refrain from touching any handle or surface.

All our staff attending viewings will be provided with PPE for your safety and theirs.

Visiting our office

We are currently operating on an appointment only basis. Please contact us on 0115 924 3304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk to arrange a suitable time to visit us.

Unless medically exempt, you must wear a mask at all times when you enter our office.

Our phone lines and emails are operating as normal and we are working to our normal opening hours.

Highest house price rise in 16 years

House Prices

New figures released by Nationwide reveals house prices are increasing year on year by 3.7 per cent and in the last month alone by 2 per cent. This means that the annual rate of increase has more than doubled since the Coronavirus lockdown.

This is the highest monthly property price rise since February 2004 and has pushed the average UK house price from £224,123 to £220,935.

One of the main contributing factors for this is likely to be that demand for property is currently outstripping supply. Some home owners are still reluctant to put their house on the market even though they wish to move. So, as more buyers fight for the same property, offers are rising.

Nationwide state that they feel momentum has fully returned to the housing market and they feel that it has recovered fully from the Covid-induced downturn.

From Walton & Allen’s point of view, almost every one of our available sales properties have been snapped up quickly since coming to market. We had record sales figures for the months of June, July and August and we expect this to continue for a much longer period.

Mortgage Applications

Mortgage brokers across the country have reported a record number of applications post-lockdown.

Due to this, lenders have increased interest rates slightly to try and deter new applications. The lenders hope that this should help to reduce demand and will provide them with more time to get through their backlog.Interest rates could continue to rise so we would advise to act now if you’re looking for any form of mortgage, whether it’s a first time buyer mortgage, buy to let or remortgage.

How much is your house now worth?

It’s very likely that you will have made money on your current home in the last few months. If you’re considering moving and want to know more you can find out how much your house is worth in several ways.

Either call our Senior Valuers, Richard and Joe, on 0115 924 3304 or email salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

If you would prefer to simply find out how much your property is worth online, you can use our estate agency online valuation tool.

Nottingham Property Market 2020

The property market is booming.

Since the lifting of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions we have seen a huge influx in sales and lets agreed.

Many estate agents across the country are running out of stock as there are more buyers and renters coming to the market than actual properties.

This has also pushed up sales and rental prices. An increase in demand means that prices are rising.

We need more property

The current surge in interest has seen us sell and let property faster than in the last several years. Buyer and renter demand is outstripping stock by a long way.

Are you considering selling or letting a property? Talk to us today on 0115 924 3304.

New stats from Rightmove

Don’t just take our word for it! Rightmove have released some stats to back this up.

Sales are on the up

  • The average asking price of property has hit a record month; up 2.4 per cent since pre-lockdown and the highest increase since December 2016
  • Year on year buyer enquiries up by 75 per cent
  • 44 per cent of properties which were listed in May have sold already (compared to 34 per cent the previous year)
  • Number of monthly sales agreed up 15 per cent
  • Some low deposit mortgages are now being introduced again for first time buyers

Record rents outside of London

  • Asking rents have achieved a record average price of £845 per month outside of London
  • Demand for rental property is 40 per cent higher than the same time last year

Nottingham Property Market

Hometrack have released their latest report on UK house prices. Nottingham now stands at the top across the whole of the UK for property price growth in the last 12 months.

Nottingham prices rose by 4.3 per cent over the last year. In second place was Manchester with 3.9 per cent growth and in third place was Leicester with 3.5 per cent growth.

How much is your property worth?

How much have you made on your property post COVID-19? Find out by calling us on 0115 924 3304, email salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk or use the form below.

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Stamp Duty Cuts 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a ‘holiday’ on stamp duty up to 31st March 2021.

This is part of a Coronavirus recovery package to kick start the housing market following the lockdown period.

Stamp duty will be axed for any property purchase below £500,000. This is to be kept in place for the next eight and a half months and starts immediately from 8th July 2020.

Until now, home buyers pay zero stamp duty on the first £125,000 of the property value. They then pay the tax on two per cent of the value of the home up to £250,000 and five per cent on the next £675,000.

First time buyers are already exempt from stamp duty up to £300,000 outside London and £450,000 in London.

This could potentially save home movers and property investors thousands of pounds.

Considering your next move or a buy to let purchase? Have a look at our property for sale or call our estate agents on 0115 924 3304.

Do you need an EICR when renting a property?

As a landlord renting a property to tenants, there are many rules and regulations that need to be adhered to. These also vary depending on how many tenants are living in the property.

One of the questions that often crops up when talking to us as letting agents is ‘do I need an EICR?’. Until June 2020, these EICR certificates were only compulsory if you were renting to tenants who made up more than two households, also known as an HMO.

Now though, the rules have changed.

Do you need an EICR?

From 1st June 2020, every property rented to tenants will require an EICR certificate.The rules state that:

The rules state that:

  • Electrical safety standards are met when the property is occupied by tenants.
  • Every fixed electrical installation at the property is inspected and tested at least every 5 years by a qualified person.
  • An inspection and test needs to be carried out before new tenancies commence from 1st June 2020.
  • An inspection and test will also be required for existing tenancies by 1st June 2021.

What is an EICR?

EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. Inspections and testing are carried out in accordance with the eighteenth edition of the wiring regulations BS 7671:2918. This is the national standard to which all domestic wiring must conform.

During the inspection, the following is tested:

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding
  • Device protection against electric shock and fire
  • Any damage or wear and tear that may affect tenant safety
  • Identification of any damaged electrical fixings
  • Identification of any exposed wiring

EICR certificates last for 5 years but landlords are encouraged to re-test if there are changes to property electrics since the last inspection was carried out.

Who can carry out an EICR inspection?

Any qualified electrician should be able to carry out an EICR check.

Walton & Allen are able to carry out an inspection on your behalf and provide a certificate upon your property passing the inspection.

You can talk to us about this by calling 0115 924 3304 or by using this form below.

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Rightmove see record property enquiries

Rightmove recorded their busiest ever day on 27th May 2020.

Last week saw a new daily record for the most visits to the Rightmove website. They also received record buyer and renter enquiry volumes.

The website surpassed six million visits for the first time which was up 18 per cent on the same day in 2019. Email and telephone enquiries to agents were also up 18 per cent.

Rightmove state that over a quarter of people (28 per cent) who were not planning a move before the COVID-19 lockdown are now entering the market.

Why is this surge happening?

The UK government placed strict restrictions on those wanting to move throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. Now these restrictions have been lifted for estate and letting agents and those who need to move are now looking to do so imminently.

Another reason for the surge could be due to families spending more time together than usual. Some may now be looking to move due to fall outs or just deciding that they need more space.

People will always need to move and now seems to be a better time than ever to market your property, for sale or for rent.

Have property prices changed since ‘Lockdown’?

Property prices appear to remain strong throughout Nottingham.

Last month, property prices in Nottingham recorded a 0.0 per cent change, according to Hometrack. The average property price remains at £157,900.

Nottingham was second across the whole country for property price growth in the last three months. Prices grew 0.8 per cent.

The city was also first across the country for property price growth in the last 12 months. Prices grew by a huge 4.1 per cent.

How much is your property worth post-lockdown?

Find out how much your property is now worth by talking to our experts today for free. Call 0115 924 3304 or use the form below.

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We are open for business again from 18th May 2020

Following government guidance on COVID-19, we are reopening for business on 18th May 2020.

Our phone lines will be open for the following services:

Our offices will be open but for pre-arranged appointments only.

Please note that phone lines to our block management are currently still closed and will reopen as soon as possible.

To book any appointment, please call 0115 924 3304 or email info@waltonandallen.co.uk.

2020 Covid UK property prices remain unaffected

Property prices in the UK are still yet to be affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is despite the country grinding to a halt during the lockdown period and government recommendations which advise against moving home.

Data released by Nationwide shows that house prices increased annually by 3.7 per cent in April. It is important to note, however, that this data is based on mortgage approvals and many were submitted before Coronavirus took hold of the nation.

Of course, we are still living in uncertain times and property prices could change for the short term in the coming weeks. However, our own data also supports the positive statement released by Nationwide.

Here at Walton & Allen estate agents in Nottingham, we have seen little change in the market apart from an obvious slowdown. We are still receiving enquiries every day, agreeing sales and letting properties to tenants. People still need to move and our email inboxes certainly prove this point!

This suggests that as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted, property transactions should return to normal fairly quickly. If the demand to buy property remains similar to the start of the year then we should see little reductions in prices across the UK property market as a whole.

Estate Agent Virtual Video Viewings

Walton & Allen Estate Agents Nottingham are producing virtual video viewing tours to keep the property market moving.

We have produced over 25 video tours so far for both sales and lettings and will continue to produce more over the coming weeks.

If you are interested in any of our available properties, either to buy or to rent, please check with our team to see if a video is currently available.

Some are unlisted on YouTube for privacy and will only be made available upon request.

Video viewings

Here are a sample of our video viewings below.

Cavendish Road in Arnold, Nottingham

Hardstaff Road in Sneinton, Nottingham

What happens after viewing online?

If you have viewed a property online via video tour we are still accepting offers and reservations. Please get in touch with either our sales or lettings team to take the next steps to securing your dream property.

Sales can be contacted on salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Lettings can be contacted on lettingsteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.

Help To Buy scheme may be extended

The Help To Buy scheme is set to be extended once the Cornavirus lockdown ends.

The scheme currently helps buyers or new build homes by providing them with a 20% property value equity loan. This was due to be phased out between Spring 2021 and 2023.

The idea behind the extension is to boost market confidence once the COVID-19 isolation period has ended.

Help To Buy has been a great help for many first time buyers. It has enabled many to move into better quality homes than they originally would have been able to buy with their savings alone.

Advice for first time buyers

Those looking to purchase their own first home this year should continue to look for their dream property during the pandemic. Walton & Allen are still receiving buyer enquiries and sales are still being agreed. We would encourage everyone to act now to avoid disappointment.

Many of our sales and lettings properties are available to view via video tour. Please email us for more details whilst our offices are closed.

Properties with Help To Buy

Walton & Allen Estate Agents in Nottingham have stock available to buy now which is eligible for Help To Buy. Contact us today to find out more on salesteam@waltonandallen.co.uk.