Views: Phil Spencer thinks a ‘bottleneck’ exists within the UK’s housing market because of low itemizing ranges
We requested Phil about property costs, suggestions for first-time patrons and the thorny topic of overdevelopment in sure elements of the nation.
Whereas the method of shifting house ‘ought to be an thrilling course of’, issues sometimes crop up as a result of it’s a ‘advanced course of with many shifting elements.’
To make sure the house shifting course of runs smoother, Phil stated his final prime tip for movers centred on ‘thorough planning and preparation.’
He stated: ‘Folks must deal with the duty and be utterly devoted to it, however this may be robust when a purchaser has a full-time job.’
Phil stated that whereas he has not truly moved house so much, when he does, it’s all the time well-planned and thought out.
He stated he takes ‘mild time’ eager about a transfer, and doesn’t depart something to the final minute.
Nonetheless, he did get a shock when shopping for his newest house in Hampshire round seven years in the past, when a woman in a store identified to him that stamp responsibility charges had abruptly been hiked. ‘It made me actually cease and take into consideration how a lot it could value me to maneuver in whole’, Phil stated.
Outlook for the property market
Whereas conceding that nobody has a crystal ball in relation to the outlook for the property market, Phil stated he thought low itemizing ranges have been inflicting a ‘bottleneck’ out there.
When it comes to costs, Phil stated that whereas he didn’t imagine the market would ‘pop’, ‘it does must relax.’ He added: ‘We’re within the eye of the storm for the time being.’
Amid the rising value of dwelling, Phil stated that over the following six months, extra individuals will likely be pressured to cease advert actually take into consideration whether or not they can afford to maneuver house or not.
Ideas for first-time patrons
Phil stated that whereas the market stays robust for first-time patrons, there are steps they’ll take when planning to and shopping for a property.
He says that earlier than shopping for a house, first-time patrons ought to ‘tread very fastidiously’ and look to buy for the long run.
‘First-time patrons want to consider how their life is more likely to pan out in 5 to seven years time, and contemplate the kind of property they actually need and need’, he stated.
He additionally advisable, the place potential, shopping for a house which comes with the chance to increase or add worth to. ‘Shopping for in a location that can change for the higher when you are dwelling there’s one other necessary consideration’, Phil added.
And, for individuals who have discovered their dream first house, Phil advisable getting an extended fixed-term mortgage secured as quickly as potential.
Property growth within the UK
‘We do have a housing scarcity’, Phil stated when discussing the topic of new-builds.
He stated that in his a few years of being an professional, no authorities of the time had ever efficiently reached its housing goal.
Phil stated he discovered it ‘irritating’ that builders can sit on land they’ve planning permission to construct on and do nothing with it for years.
As an answer, he thinks such websites may, for example, be used as ‘momentary housing to assist susceptible individuals.’ He thinks modular houses may very well be an effective way to assist individuals in want shortly with housing.
What’s subsequent for Phil?
Phil is on Love It or Record It duties with Kirsty Allsopp at current, however will likely be engaged on new Location, Location, Location exhibits after Easter.
He’s additionally ‘madly creating’ new exhibits for Channel 4, not all of which will likely be linked to property.