So is it a good idea to rent in between moving home, to be chain-free?
Moving home is said to be the
third most stressful thing you can do, so if you can do anything to reduce that
stress, so much the better? When buying your next Neath home, being chain-free
can certainly reduce your stress and offers many advantages over other buyers (and
So, what is a chain? A property chain is made when there is a line of home buyers and home sellers linked through their property transactions e.g. a Neath first-time buyer purchases a property, the sellers of that property then buy another property, and those sellers then buy another property, so on and so forth. Each home sale and purchase are reliant upon the success of every property in the so-called ‘chain’. This means if there is one hiccup on one of the properties, every sale and purchase along the whole chain would collapse. No wonder everyone is on tenterhooks when there is a long chain involved.
Yet Neath buyers who sell their
home before searching for a new Neath home considerably reduce their stress
levels because they are not needing all the ducks to ‘line up in a row’ on the sale
of their home in order to buy their new Neath home.
Being chain-free puts Neath homebuyers in an enhanced position to negotiate with home sellers and they, in turn, may be more enthusiastic to accepting a lower offer.
Sounds brilliant this chain-free
life doesn’t it? Everyone is a chain-free buyer once … when they are a
first-time buyer and if they are lucky enough to have an additional home to move
into. The other option is selling your Neath home and moving into rented
accommodation, but that will end up costing quite a few thousand pounds (in
what many perceive as wasted money) together with the added cost of
employing the services of home removers twice (with all the hassle that
entails doubled!). However, that is what many Neath homeowners are doing.
24.8% of all the properties on the market
today in Neath are being sold without a chain.
I can’t disagree, moving home
twice in a short period will be stressful and rent could be perceived as
‘wasted money’, but I have to recommend you look at the bigger picture. It is
one of the sturdiest sellers’ markets in a generation, meaning you should get
top dollar for your Neath home, knowing that many buyers are keen to complete
before the land transaction tax holiday ends in the summer.
Then by waiting for the return of
land transaction tax and for the full roll out on the immunisation programme to
give more Neath homeowners the peace of mind to place their Neath home on to
the property market, for Neath house prices to cool and the number of
properties for sale to increase. Then you could pounce in and buy, with more Neath
homes to choose from and at more realistic asking prices.
So, does the type of Neath
property that is being sold make any difference?
- 10.1% of detached houses in Neath are being sold chain-free
- 26.3% of semi-detached houses in Neath are being sold
- 35.9% of town house/terraced Houses in Neath are being
- 21.4% of apartments/flats in Neath are being sold chain-free
- 26.4% of bungalows in Neath are being sold chain-free
Of course, these aren’t all Neath
homeowners going into rented accommodation hoping to bag a bargain next year.
Many of the bungalows are being sold because their homeowner has either moved
into sheltered accommodation or sadly passed on and there are Neath landlords selling
their Neath buy-to-let rental investments.
And don’t get me wrong, there are
also risks involved with this type of home buying strategy. Moving into rented
accommodation means you are out of the Neath property market. Property values
could dip in the next 12 months, yet they still could continue to rise – you are
taking a gamble on a dip in the market and it could go wrong.
Like most things in life, it
depends on your own personal circumstances, where you are in your life, your
attitude to risk and your belief on what will (or won’t) happen to property
values in Neath in the next 12 to 18 months.
If you would like a chat about your potential choices for your home move, then reach out to our property expert team on 03300 563 555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.