July 22, 2016
Since the first quarter of 2015, average sales prices of detached properties in SK6 have increased by 1.4%, which represents the best performance of all property types. The next best performers were flats, which saw an increase of 1.0%, followed by semis. The poorest performance came from terraces. These of course are averages.
July 21, 2016
We are always glad to see a new business open in Marple and over the past year we have seen our high street grow.
The Works is a new beauty and hair salon on hollins lane, which is already getting some great reviews.
July 21, 2016
The festival season is upon us and where better to kick off the season than at Blackthorn!
Our local festival just gets better every year and set in one of the most picturesque parts of our beautiful countryside and not to mention the amazing music!
July 21, 2016
U3A are holding an event on Tuesday 16th August at St. Paul’s Church Hall, 10 am to 12 noon.
In aid of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team, a £1 entrance fee includes coffee and biscuits. With lots of fun activities throughout the day.
They will also promoting all of the monthly activities that they hold and how to get involved.
July 20, 2016
According to the last census, the most common type of property in Marple is a three bedroom house, which accounts for 48.2% of the total. This is 4.1% lower than the regional average but 1.7% higher than the national average. The next most common type of property is a four bedroom or more house (35.4%) followed by a two bedroom house (12.5%).
July 18, 2016
The volume of sales in a given area is a powerful measure of the vitality of local housing markets. In the last three years there have been 2,676 sales in Marple. Semis accounted for the largest number of sales (1,033), followed by detached properties (748), then terraces (685) and flats accounted for the fewest sales (210).
July 14, 2016
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, things have changed a lot for first-time buyers recently. Government schemes and mortgage requirements seem to change every week, so would-be homeowners have got to keep up. However, for those in the know, there are a lot more options in Marple than there used to be.
The first challenge awaiting would-be home-owners these days is the deposit for the mortgage. The bigger the deposit, the better the chances of getting a great deal. The minimum required deposit is around 5%, so with an average home in Marple valued at £219,100 locals will require a deposit of at least £11,000. That’s quite a lot of saving up, given that average annual salaries in the region are £25,700.
The Government has stepped-up to help make saving easier. The newly introduced ‘Help To Buy ISA’ will hopefully make saving for a first home quicker and less painful. Save £200 and the Government will contribute £50 each time.
The Government has also made it easier for first-time buyers to purchase new-build properties. With the ‘Help To Buy’ scheme, they still need a deposit of around 5%, but then the Government loan a further 20% interest free for the first five years, meaning they only need a mortgage for 75% of the property price. In London the loan is up to 40%. After year five they have to pay interest at 1.75% of the shared equity loan at the time they purchased the property, rising each year after that by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) plus 1%. Sell up or pay the mortgage back and they’ll be asked to repay the Government’s share of the loan, along with a share of any increase in the home’s value.
Interestingly, of the 146,500 people who took advantage of the ‘Help To Buy’ scheme between the 1st of April 2013 and the 31st of December 2015, only 25 of them were in Marple. Low figures are usually down to either low house building rates or local prices being above the £600k ceiling for ‘Help To Buy’.
Another option for buying a first home in Marple is shared ownership, which allows a would-be homeowner to part-buy part-rent their property. Back in 2011, there were 172 shared ownership properties in Marple and given the national growth rate there should be around 203 now.
Under this scheme, owners start off with buying anything from 25% to 75% of their home, usually with a mortgage, and paying a monthly rent to a housing association, who will usually give the occupier the chance to increase their ownership share, known as ‘staircasing’.
July 13, 2016
In Marple, the majority of households own one car (43.1% of all households). This is 0.6% higher then the average in the North West. The next most common category of car ownership in Marple is two cars (30.4% of all households), which is 6.9% higher than the average in the North West.
July 5, 2016
This one got reduced the other day and is now a very exciting Buy to Let opportunity. Located in the hart of Marple with easy access to train stations, local shops, bars, restaurants and with great schools only a short distance away this property would surely appeal to any tenant.
This property should look to achieve £650 pcm on the rental market with finding a tenant very quickly, due to such high demand! Giving a 5.2% yield!
Currently on with Edward Mellors, Marple it surely wont take long to sell.
June 25, 2016
An analysis of commuting preferences in Marple shows that the majority of people use a car to get to work (72%). This is followed by on foot (7.2%), and then train (6.6%). It will be interesting to monitor how this pattern changes over time given the trend in Marple and everywhere else to more flexible working, i.e. working from home.