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Birmingham Homeowners to be Made Homeless?

Birmingham Homeowners to be Made Homeless?

The number of properties for sale in Birmingham has fallen by 13% since this time two years ago (October 2019). One of the reasons is that many Birmingham buyers feel overwhelmed and fearful they will be made homeless if they sell their home and can’t buy another. So, we have decided to look again at the facts and give them to you in greater detail. 

Our research has found the number of Birmingham properties for sale started to decline last autumn (2020).

Nationally, the same story is being written as the average UK estate agency office now has around 16 properties on their books to buy, compared to 43 a couple of years ago.

So why is this an issue? Many Birmingham homeowners are wanting to move home and are worried they will put their current home on the market, it sells quickly and then be unable to find another home to buy – thus they believe they will then be making themselves homeless.

The fact is that most Birmingham home buyers need to sell before they can buy their next home, meaning they need to place their property on to the Birmingham property market before they can buy their next home.

Yet because of the low supply of properties for sale and the current high demand, there is an imbalance in the Birmingham property market. This means some Birmingham house sellers are nervous to put a ‘For Sale’ board outside their house.

According to the three main property portals (Rightmove, Zoopla and On-The-Market) …

In October 2019, there were 4,267 properties for sale in Birmingham. Today, there are only 3,691 properties for sale, a reduction of 13%.

When we broke it down into bedroom numbers and type it gets even more interesting: 

Type of Property Properties on the Market in Oct 2019   Properties on the Market in Oct 2021   Percent Change
5+ Bedrooms 285 238 -16%
4 Bedrooms 432 270 -38%
3 Bedrooms 1550 933 -40%
2 Bedrooms 1306 1247 -5%
1 Bedroom 624 929 49%

… and when we looked at the type of properties … it got even more interesting…

Type of Property   Properties on the Market in Oct 2019   Properties on the Market in Oct 2021   Percent Change
Detached 392 243 -38%
Semi 1269 781 -38%
Terraced 852 490 -42%
Flat 1636 2044 25%

As you can see, there have been some interesting changes in the number of properties on the market in Birmingham over the last few years, depending on the type and the number of bedrooms, although as you would expect, the number of apartments for sale has risen.

So, if Birmingham homeowners do sell, will they be made homeless if they can’t find their next ‘forever home’?

The answer is quite simply … No.

Birmingham properties are coming on to the market all the time, yet the buyers have got to be in the game, in it to win it so to speak. If you keep looking at properties, without even having your property on the market, let alone sold (subject to contract), then you will fall into a self-fulfilling prophecy of not being able to buy another home and will always be chasing your tail.

And it’s those magic words of “subject to contract” that are your get out of jail card.

The average time taken from agreeing a sale to it being legally binding (i.e. exchange of contracts) is about 19 weeks.

During those 19 weeks, you are ‘sold subject to contract’, which means you have four or five months to find your new home and the likelihood of not finding your next forever home is very small.

And even if you can’t find anywhere, you will never be homeless as the sale is not legally binding until you exchange contracts, so you can withdraw from the sale up to that point, without penalty.

One final word of advice to all Birmingham home movers.

Around 6 in 7 Birmingham homebuyers could have missed their ‘forever home’ in 2020/21

In a study of various UK estate agents, 84.8% of homebuyers were not on the estate agent’s mailing list before they contacted the agent to view the home according to Denton House Research.

Yes, 6 out of 7 buyers (84.8%) waited until the property came on to the market on one of the portals (e.g. Rightmove, Zoopla or On The Market) before asking to view it. But would it surprise you that depending on the location and type, up to 1 in 5 houses don’t actually make it on to the portals for sale. 

This means if the homebuyer hadn’t registered themselves on the agents mailing list, they would’ve missed out on their ‘forever home’, because they would not have known the property was for sale until it was too late.

Quite simply, if you are serious about moving home in Birmingham, get yourself on the mailing lists of the best agents in Birmingham. 

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