Section 24 Means Buy To Let Landlords Can No Longer Offset 100% of Mortgage Interest Against Rental Income.
Section 24 is a HMRC taxation change affecting what costs can be deducted from rental income to calculate ‘Net Profit’ – i.e. the figure counted as income and the figure that you will pay taxed against.
As tax relief drops and tax bills rise, in some cases* the annual sum of mortgage repayments and taxes will be more than rental income minus costs. Some landlords will need to sell at least part of their portfolio to avoid making SIGNIFICANT annual losses.
Chris Cooper of Axe The Tenant Tax said,
“A perfect storm is brewing in the rental market, landlords will either have to raise rents or sell because of the tax rises. Landlords are sleepwalking into disaster”.
According to Landlord Referencing UK, circa. 1.4 million landlords are unaware of the drastic effect it is going to have on their rental income and their tenancies over the next 4 years while RightMove research indicates 24% of landlords are already planning to sell at least one or more properties from their current portfolio in response to the new regulations and tax changes.
* See below for examples.
Continue reading Section 24 – HMRC UK Tax Changes
Buy To Let Section 24 Finance Expenses, Tax Changes
NB. All figures are intended as a guide only. The calculations have not been confirmed by the HMRC however they are based on the formula given on the HRMC guidance – please see HMRC Case Studies re Section 24 Tax Changes
Anyone considering selling their property based on these figures should seek confirmation from their accountants. National Residential cannot be held accountable for any inaccuracies in the information given.
All case studies are based on before 2017 (i.e. before the tax changes come in force) or after 2021 (i.e. after the gradual changes have been phased in).
The 4 phases are:
- 17/18: 75% of finance costs deductible from rental income, 25% basic rate tax reduction for finance costs.
- 18/19: 50% of finance costs deductible from rental income, 50% basic rate tax reduction for finance costs.
- 19/20: 25% of finance costs deductible from rental income, 75% basic rate tax reduction for finance costs.
- 20/21: 0% of finance costs deductible from rental income, 100% basic rate tax reduction for finance costs.
As summarised on Section 24 – HMRC UK Tax Changes, the biggest affect to tax bills will be to people whose income is taken into the higher tax brackets however people whose tax remains the same could find that they lose some benefits as the amount classed as income will change.
As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the finance costs are, the bigger the effect of Section 24.
Continue reading Case Studies of Section 24 Buy To Let Tax Changes
National Residential have been at the forefront in setting standards for selling property quickly and fairly since we began in 2007. We were a select group of industry representatives selected to define a Code of Practice For Quick House Sales Companies to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) and in 2013 we helped set up the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) to inform the public of companies that agree to the principles and abide by the practices listed in the code.
At the heart of the code is transparency – see Code of Practice for Residential Property Buying Companies
We believe that selling property using our ‘Modern Auctions’ method adds convenience and transparency to our property sales:
- by accepting a combination of online and telephone bids ensures no-one is prevented from making an offer due to other commitments, inexperience of internet bidding or financial arrangements that prevent us ring fencing funds for the holding deposit until the auction ends.
- all offers (including telephone bids) are added to the auction and our consultants keep all participating parties informed.
Although the process that follows online bidding to secure a purchasers agreement usually takes just 24 hours to conclude it can sometimes take longer and the bidding process is only formally ended once we are sure we have the highest bid, the seller has accepted this bid, and the winning buyer has paid their deposit and has passed the financial qualification process with our sales team.
To complement our existing sales options by providing sellers a faster qualification period and more certainty to the highest bidder at the end of an auction, we are pleased to introduce ‘Registered Auctions’ which will run alongside our existing auctions.
The platform is provided by the ‘Essential Information Group’ (EIG), a secure, independent online auction service provider since 1991.
Continue reading Introducing ‘Registered Auctions’.
How Long Does it Take To Sell London Property?
On average, London property takes longer to sell than any other area of the UK.
According to RightMove’s October House Price Index, top London property takes an average of 86 days to sell and the average for all London property types is 65 days.
National Residential sell all types of London property from 1 bedroom flats to 5 bedroom semi-detached housing. Our top property (with a sale price of £780,000) took only 29 days to sell – that is over 50 days below the average for the same type of property.
During the year Nov 2016 to Oct 2017, the average selling time National Residential took to sell all types of London property was just 26 days compared to the average time other estate agents take of 61 days.
Continue reading London Property Market
We sell property in our 28 day auctions for 100% of their market value – but what is ‘market value’?
Market value is the top price that buyers from a mix of the private and investment sectors will pay for a property. It isn’t always the price sellers think their property is worth and it isn’t anything we can control – quite simply, it is what people want to pay.
There is, of course, more than one way to find the market value – one way is to start high and end low, reducing the price every 3 months or so until eventually it is what someone is willing to pay. On the plus side, sellers can dream big but the negative side of being ‘ambitious’ is potentially long and costly delay in selling your property.
The time it takes to sell a property fluctuates with season, the market, the asking price and regional influences but most people are aware of property that has been on the market for months and months and months…
Some estate agents recommend asking prices that, at best can be described as ‘ambitious’ (and at worst misleading) purely to secure representation.
Continue reading Performance Report for July, Aug, Sept & Oct
NB. National Residential are pleased to announce our new Joint Venture funding opportunities for anyone planning to re-invest their capital in property development. Please see Property Development Funding
As we previously documented in Complications & Problems Selling Rental Property, there are A LOT of decisions to be made and a lot of laws to be considered when landlords decide they want or need to sell their rental property and a lot of it depends on factors that are usually unknown at the start of the process – such as, whether the buyer you haven’t met yet is looking for a private residence or a rental property and whether they would prefer a sale with sitting tenants or vacant possession.
If landlords selling tenanted property choose to leave tenants in situ during the sale it could cause problems showing the property but if they vacate the property too soon, it could cost them thousands in lost rent.
The best option, of course, is to leave sitting tenants in situ as long as possible but not so long that it causes problems. Timing, speed and legal advice are all crucial to getting the best results for landlords selling tenanted property.
National Residential specialise in selling tenanted (& sub-tenanted) property, often with additional complications like short leaseholds or absentee freeholders.
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Problems Selling a Rental Property With Tenants In Situ During The Sale
Selling a rental property with tenants in situ can be difficult in any circumstance because it can add cost (sometimes in the form of losses), risk and complication throughout the process to both the buyer and the seller.
For home owners selling property while tenants are in situ, the potential for problems range from showing interested parties around the property without infringing a helpful tenant’s legal right to ‘quiet enjoyment of the property’; to trying to arrange access to the property with ‘unhelpful‘ tenants; to ‘bad’ tenants putting buyers off through sabotage, unkempt surroundings and resentment; to collapsed sales through problems with mortgage conditions; to the compliance of any tenant to fulfil any state of occupancy at completion agreed between the buyer and seller.
In other words, some buyers might want the tenants to stay while other buyers want them to leave. They can refuse to do either. It’s a risky business.
Added to all that, with the legal implication tenancy types have on eviction options and thereby sales options it’s easy to understand why more sales can fall through selling a property with a sitting tenant and why property with tenants in situ can be difficult to sell.
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Waiting to sell your house is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic experiences you can have. Thousands of Homeowners and Landlords throughout the UK have taken the option to sell their house through National Residential rather than wait for possibly months with their local estate agent.
“Success has been built on providing the very best service for people selling their properties. We not only ensure the vendor gets the very best deal possible but we also ensure that all of our business practices are completely transparent. When you concentrate on being a loyal, friendly and courteous service, it’s natural for more people to come to us for help.”
David Coughlin, Managing Director of National Residential
Continue reading David Coughlin, Managing Director of National Residential shares the secrets of his success.
The National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) was founded in 2013 in response to to the growth in popularity of Quick House Sales companies.
Quick house sales companies differ from estate agencies because they enable members of the public to sell their properties fast by buying them directly or brokering a deal with a property developer – i.e. without promoting them to the public or having to wait for someone to make an offer. Quick house sales companies that buy property directly must have significant funds available to make an instant purchase.
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The Office Of Fair Trading reported “Quick house sales can be beneficial to home sellers who want a quick, guaranteed and hassle-free sale. Our study has shown this to be a dynamic and innovative sector where some businesses have modified their business models to try to offer a better service to home sellers.“
The Office Of Fair Trading, Quick House Sales Market Study, 2013, http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140402173245/http://oft.gov.uk/shared_oft/market-studies/oft1499.pdf
Continue reading Quick House Sales – Good Practice Regulations
Anyone trying to sell a leasehold property will know about the drastic affect a short term left on the leasehold will have on its value and the time it will take to sell (even at a very reduced price).
National Residential Can Solve Most Property Sales Problems
If only they also knew what National Residential can do to sell a short term leasehold property for a better price and a fast sale…. If you’re wondering, you could read this article ‘Is a Short Leasehold Stopping You From Selling Your London House?‘ or you could just take a look at a recent example then phone us on 01244 757152 to find out how we did it.
London flat purchased in just 3 days!
Instruction on Friday and completed the next Tuesday!
In June 2017, National Residential purchased a property with a short leasehold in London in just 3 days. The flat’s owner had the combined problems of a very short lease along with an absentee freeholder so had no way of extending their lease to sell on the open market. National Residential stepped in and we completed on the purchase in just 3 days.
Phone now on 01244 757152 to find out how National Residential can help you sell your short leasehold property in just 3 days.
WARNING: A PROPERTY WITH A SHORT LEASEHOLD CAN MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO FUND WITH A MORTGAGE AND AN UNATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION TO CASH BUYERS BECAUSE OF THE EXPENSIVE AND COMPLICATED PROCESS TO RENEW A LEASE. THE PROBLEMS CAN DETER BUYERS AND DRIVE DOWN PROPERTY VALUE BY A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT
In A Nutshell
When a buyer wants (or needs) to buy a property with an extended lease, we make it easy for sellers to extend the lease so they get a better sales price for their property.
To our knowledge, no other estate agent offers this service and as a result, owners of short leasehold properties frequently struggle to sell their properties.
Short leaseholds are a major problem if you want to sell your house – especially in London where the cost to extend a leasehold can be very prohibitive. Short leaseholds start to affect the selling price of the property at about 80 years. The fewer years there are left on a leasehold, the more affect it will have a property sale price.
Continue reading Is a Short Lease Stopping You From Selling Your House or Flat?
National Residential recently celebrated over 10 years of business at Chester Racecourse.
Since 2007 National Residential has helped 1000s of people to sell their houses fast and stress free.
Continue reading Helping People To Sell Their Houses Fast For 10 years
BANKRUPTCY CHARGES CAN DOUBLE A DEBT.
You could lose your home and ADD bankruptcy fees and/or costs of up to £60,000 if you let trustees control repayment of your debt*.
*A trustee charged to manage a banckruptcy and ensure all debt is repaid can charge c.£300 per hour and you could be charged a Secretary of State fee of 17.5% on the amount raised from the sale of your home to repay your bankrupt debt.
Meanwhile, your bankruptcy creditors can also claim 8% statutory interest on outstanding amounts.
You will save money the sooner you can repay your debts.
Your house can be forcibly sold up to three years after your bankruptcy order if there is no other way to repay your debts.
You will probably get a higher price for your house if you sell it yourself and you could avoid thousands of pounds in added cost.
Continue reading Avoid Bankruptcy Charges & Trustee Fees
WARNING: DO NOT LET YOUR HOUSE GET REPOSSESSED AS IT MIGHT GET SOLD AT A TRADITIONAL AUCTION FOR A LOW SALES PRICE. THE HIGHER THE SALE PRICE, THE MORE MONEY YOU WILL RECEIVE WHEN ALL YOUR DEBTS ARE PAID FROM THE SALE. IF YOUR HOUSE SELLS FOR LESS THAN THE LOANS AGAINST IT, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO PAY THE REST BY SELLING OTHER ASSETS.
In A Nutshell
We can organise a cash advance to pay off your debts so you can sell your property using our modern auctions so that you get a better price for your home AND a cash advance so that you are able to pay move into rented accommodation on your own terms.
Note: Not all auctions are the same! See why ours are best.
Home repossession is the same process as ‘mortgage possession’ – it is a process lenders go through to recover money owed to them if the terms of repayment are broken by the borrower (debtor).
When a house is sold in the repossession process, any money that exceeds the mortgage loan or any other loan secured on the property or the court costs and fees is returned to the subject of the repossession order (the person whose home is sold).
Who Can Repossess Your Home
Your home can be repossessed by your mortgage lender if you fail to make the scheduled mortgage repayments agreed in the loan agreement.
Your home can also be repossessed by a lender of other loans if you have used your house or any equity tied into your house value to secure the loan.
Continue reading Repossession Orders
Since the 1980s and 1990s, many thousands of endowment policies have failed to mature as expected leaving thousands of policies with an endowment mortgage shortfall and homeowners struggling to make their final mortgage repayments.
If policy holders do not have savings or some other means to cover the mortgage repayment shortfall, it may be possible to extend the term of their mortgage if they still have a regular income.
However, if they cannot raise money to cover the shortfall or extend their mortgage term, they may have to sell their property to release the equity tied into it.
Downsizing To Repay an Endowment Mortgage Shortfall
A significant difference between the amount the property has increased in value and the money needed to make up the shortfall may provide enough funds to buy a smaller property outright and repay the endowment shortfall.
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In June 2017 National Residential sold 41% of the properties listed in an average time of 32 days.
Compare that to the national average selling time of 60 days for June 2017 (see http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/house-price-index/). Add to that out annual average of 56 days to complete for completions handled by our in-house team and you’ll see why our clients come to us for a quick sale.
That and the great prices we achieve of course – in June our average sales price was 128% of the ‘offers over’ price.
To find out how National Residential can help you to sell your property fast without any obligation to proceed, call us now on 01244 757152
Working with National Residential is positive for both Vendors AND Buyers
At National Residential, we work hard to ensure that the house sale process we offer is quick, simple and efficient for both vendors and buyers, thanks to our experienced and friendly team of customer service professionals, property-sale specialists and panel solicitors.
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Selling your Home Online
Your home is likely to have been the biggest purchase you have ever made, so when it comes to selling it, you probably only have one route in your mind – the tried-and-tested traditional route of the High Street Estate Agency: the familiar ‘man in suit’ coming round with a laser measuring device and a clipboard, taking photos of your unnaturally clean and clutter-free rooms, and then enthusiastically leading family after family around your home and emphasising words like ‘functional’ and ‘bijoux’ and drawing attention away from the slightly suspect plastering job in the kitchen…
When selling your home with traditional High Street Estate Agencies, the audience of potential buyers you are able to reach can be a little limited. You may find your audience restricted to people who are physically passing by the Estate Agency and have a spare moment in their busy schedule to look in the window, as well as the few people who still look at the property pages of the local free newspaper (before ‘filing it’ straight in the recycling bin), and visitors to sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla who just happen to enter the exact search criteria for your unique property.
Selling your home online with National Residential is different – investors and property developers, as well as people looking to buy a new family home, regularly visit our innovative auction site. Our Professional buyers aren’t necessarily put off by pictures of messy rooms, a dated kitchen or a lack of curb appeal, unlike many traditional house buyers. Our professional buyers are looking for properties at the right price and that offer a good investment opportunity, and they want a fuss-free sale that can be completed quickly and efficiently, something that National Residential can help to provide.
So why not consider selling your house online through National Residential? Phone today for more information about our innovative, yet trustworthy, selling process – call us now on 0800 612 3694 or 01244 757152
Trusted Online Estate Agent
Every so often, we get a telephone call from a customer asking ‘Why can I trust National Residential with my property sale? What makes you so different from High Street Estate Agencies?’ and we are always happy to explain the numerous benefits of selling property with us!
Let’s clear up one important detail straight away! We are registered with the Property Ombudsman, just like High Street Estate Agencies, and are therefore subject to the same ‘good practice’ guidelines. This means that we work incredibly hard to ensure that all of our actions are honest and transparent, and will work closely with both vendor and buyer to ensure property sales happen swiftly and easily, without complication or ‘hidden’ fees.
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