Friday, 22 May 2015

Attitudes to homeownership and renting in Thanet

Speaking to a Bank Manager the other day in Thanet, we got talking about the state of the Thanet property market and whether we, as a Country, are turning more and more to the European style of property ownership, where it is the norm to rent as a opposed to automatically buying once you have a good job etc.
Even though a recent report by the Halifax stated homeownership remains a goal for 85% of twenty to forty five year olds, there is information emerging that attitudes in the UK towards renting your own home as opposed to owning it have softened, showing more and more, that renting is being seen as a life style choice.  In fact it is recognised in learned circles that the cycle of renting is also repeated by the fact that people who grow up primarily in rented accommodation are themselves more likely to rent than buy.
The biggest barrier often mentioned to buying a house is the claim that they are not buying property at the moment because of a lack of sufficient wages and by the high level of deposits but like we said a few weeks ago, in Thanet, if a couple, one on two thirds of the average Thanet salary of £37,237 pa (so that would be around £25,000 a year) and the other on the Minimum wage, assuming they had a reasonable credit history they would be showered with lenders offering them a 95% mortgage (a reasonable credit history means they haven’t defaulted on loans, paid all their bills on time nor got any County Court Judgements. Just because you missed just one credit card payment wont mean you have messed up your credit score and your ability to get a mortgage) and they would only need to find £8,500 as a deposit to buy a decent three bed semi in Broadstairs or top of the range (and I mean top of the range) two or three bed apartment with sea views in Ramsgate or Margate. comes down to the perceived capability of the youngsters in Thanet to buy nowadays.
Interestingly, when I looked at the Thanet figures, the average Thanet tenant has a older profile (especially the 50 + year olds) than the English and Welsh average, as can be seen from the graph below. I know the Thanet area attracts a lot of mature people to retire here, but I always assumed they bought instead of renting.  I know we have a large number of mature tenants at our agency, but I always thought that was the exception to the rule. Obviously not!  (And that is good news for landlords as they make excellent tenants)
So what does all this mean for Thanet landlords and future Thanet landlords? I honestly believe there is a difference between the hope and perceived capability of the younger generation to buy a home. Although homeownership is seen as advantageous by a majority, many tenants admitted in the Halifax report they are not taking the steps they need to purchase their own home.

As the local authority aren’t building any properties in Thanet, people still need a roof over the head, and that is why, as I mentioned a few weeks ago in the Thanet Property Blog, the demand for rental properties will only continue to steadily rise in the coming decade. If want to know where the Thanet Property market is heading and where you should (and shouldn’t buy), maybe the one place you should visit is the Thanet Property Blog or send me an email to

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