Month: October 2013

Longer Lasting Tenancies


Tenancies are lasting longer and landlords are increasing their portfolios as the private rental sector continues to grow, according to the National Landlords Association.

The research shows that 54% of tenancies are now lasting between two and three years, and 32% last longer than four years. It also showed that 10% of landlords had added to their portfolio in the last quarter, compared with 8% in the previous quarter.

A total of 22% said they would look to purchase more property in the coming year.

Scottish House Prices to Increase 25%


According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) house prices in Scotland are forecast to soar by more than 25% in the next five years. The predicted rise will see the average price of a home in Scotland rise by nearly £50,000 between now and 2018. The rise is expected to be driven by the fundamentals of demographics, recovering economy and the populations need for more homes. The Bank of England’s forward guidance on base rates should also anchor mortage costs and so support house price growth. The full report can be read at CEBR.