Over 1 in 4 Kidderminster Properties Being Sold with No Chain

Over 1 in 4 Kidderminster Properties Being Sold with No Chain

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 Kidderminster home, being chain-free can certainly reduce your stress and offers many advantages over other buyers (and some disadvantages).

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 Kidderminster 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 Kidderminster buyers who sell their home before searching for a new Kidderminster 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 to buy their new Kidderminster home.

Being chain-free puts Kidderminster 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 Kidderminster 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 Kidderminster homeowners are doing.

30.8% of all the properties on the market today in Kidderminster

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 Kidderminster home, knowing that many buyers are keen to complete before the stamp duty holiday ends in the autumn.

Then by waiting for the return of stamp duty and for the full roll out on the immunisation program to give more Kidderminster homeowners the peace of mind to place their Kidderminster home on to the property market, for Kidderminster house prices to cool and the number of properties for sale to increase. Then you could pounce in and buy, with more Kidderminster homes to choose from and at more realistic asking prices.

So, does the type of Kidderminster property that is being sold make any difference?

  • 27.3% of detached houses in Kidderminster are being sold chain-free
  • 27.0% of semi-detached houses in Kidderminster are being sold chain-free
  • 30.2% of townhouse/terraced houses in Kidderminster are being sold chain-free
  • 28.1% of apartments/flats in Kidderminster are being sold chain-free
  • 57.4% of bungalows in Kidderminster are being sold chain-free

Of course, these aren’t all Kidderminster 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 Kidderminster landlords are selling their Kidderminster 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 Kidderminster 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 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 Kidderminster in the next 12 to 18 months.

If you would like a chat about your potential choices for your home move, then drop me a line.

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