Record house prices in 2021 mean many landlords will have made more money out of their homes in capital appreciation than in annual rent.

The latest Halifax House Price Index reports that house prices soared by more than £24,500 last year – the largest annual cash rise since March 2003 – to hit a record high of £276,091, with prices climbing again in December for the sixth consecutive month, up 1.1%.

Wales remains by far the strongest performing region in the UK with house price inflation of 14.5%, taking the average house price to £205,579. In England, the North West was the strongest performing region (11.8%), followed by the South West, while London remained by far the weakest (2.1%).

Halifax says the stamp duty holiday and the race for space due to widespread homeworking encouraged buyers to bring forward home purchases, while a lack of available homes for sale and historically low mortgage rates have helped drive annual house price inflation to 9.8%, its highest level since July 2007.

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Barely budged

Landlord demand for properties has also contributed to competition in the market. Despite the Bank of England’s surprise increase in the base rate last December from 0.1% to 0.25%, the average cost of buy-to-let fixed rate mortgages favoured by landlords has barely budged, according to Property Master.

Its Buy-to-let Mortgage Tracker found that the average rate for a buy-to-let mortgage for a typical loan was as low as 1.69% which, once fees are included, translates into a monthly cost of £262 for a two-year fixed-rate loan of £160,000, representing 60% of the value of the property.

Halifax expects house prices to maintain their current strong levels, but believes that growth relative to the last two years will be at a slower pace.

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But Stuart Law (pictured), CEO of investment outfit, Assetz group, reckons there could be continued house price growth throughout the year in the region of 8-10%.

He says: “There is going to be much speculation around rising interest rates this year especially given inflation and rising living costs, but I think we will see far less in terms of actual movement over the coming year than would be needed to slow house price inflation materially.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. FYI, no Landlords have made or will make any money from any capital appreciation of their properties unless / until they sell it.
    Prices can drop too & again no loss occurs until the day one sells.

    I thought this was obvious, but perhaps not.

  2. LL are in the game to make PROFIT.

    This may come as a surprise to some though if it does it just shows how thick some people are.

    Profit in the PRS is usually generated by rent and CG when a property is SOLD.

    There are of course other methods of generating PROFIT such as forced appreciation.

    This is the PRS business model.

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