Thursday, 28 January 2016

Values of Penicuik Terraced Houses smash through the £155/sq ft barrier

A landlord popped into my office in Bank Street the other day to have a chat about buying a property in Peniciuik.  He already has a couple of residential properties as well as a commercial unit that are doing very well for him and is on the look out for a third residential property.  When we were talking, he asked me a question that made complete sense in terms of commercial property but was as bit ‘left field’ from a residential property point of view – how much he should be paying per square foot?

Well, that was a challenge and you know how I like a challenge!

So I did my research and found out that:

  • The average flats in Penicuik are currently selling for approximately £168 per square foot costing, on average, £100,000.
  • Terraced houses in the town are currently selling for, on average, £120,000 or £155 per square foot.
  • An average semi in Penicuik is obtaining for £162,000 and achieving £196 per square foot. 
  • Finally, the average detached house in Penicuik is achieving £191 per square foot and is selling for £300,000 although this selling price is skewed by a small number of high value properties that do not make viable buy to let properties.

Now these are of course averages, but it gives you a good place to start from.

If you recall in an earlier article, my research reveals that Penicuik terraced houses tend to generate a better yield than detached and semi-detached houses (probably because they are cheaper to buy than semi-detached houses but rents as fairly similar) and flats (probably because there are not that many flats for rent in Penicuik). However, detached houses, semi-detached houses and flats tend to appreciate in value more rapidly and may well be easier to sell, simply because there are fewer being built – remember, 29.8% of properties in Penicuik are terraced houses compared to a national average of 18.6%.

So, terraced houses are the cheapest to buy per sq ft and give the highest rental yield but give the lowest capital growth.  That’s interesting.

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