As 2021 has come to an end and we start to look forward to what 2022 might bring for the UK’s property industry, we take a look back at Propertista’s top-read posts of 2021 to see which stories captured our readers’ attention the most…
What a year 2021 turned out to be for property professionals up and down the country…
The year began with the whole of the UK going back into lockdown on the 4th of January after it was revealed that one in 50 people in the UK was infected with Covid-19.
Although the property market was not fully closed down during this lockdown, there were some industry concerns…
The property market had been given a real boost in the summer of 2020 with the announcement of the Stamp Duty Holiday but that was set to end in March 2021 and concerns of the property market falling off a cliff edge were rife. These fears were quashed when the Chancellor extended the SDLT holiday in his Budget in March and opted for a more staggered end to the property tax discount period.
In fact, we needn’t have worried, the property market proved how resilient it can be after it continued to set records even after the stamp duty discount period had finished.
Despite Covid-19 still dominating news headlines, the pandemic did not feature high in our readers’ most-read stories of 2021 even though its effects – seen through changing buyer preferences were clear to see.
See what we mean by taking a look at our top ten most-read articles of 2020 below.
1. Revealed: The Happiest Place to Live in Great Britain
Propertista’s most-read story of 2021 followed a common post-pandemic theme in terms of our readers looking to find a happier lifestyle from their property searches. This article took a look at some new research that crowned an historic market town in Northumberland as Great Britain’s happiest place to live in 2021. Check it out…
2. 990 Year Leases Announced in Leasehold Law Shakeup
In January 2021, the Government announced widespread reforms to property leases by which house and flat leaseholders would be able to extend their lease to last for 990 years with a ground rent of £zero. A measure that would save leaseholders £1,000s if not £10,000s. Read Propertista’s second most-read article of 2021…
3. Revealed: Britain’s Buy-to-Let Hotspots
Which major cities are home to the largest level of high yield rental homes and which property type presents the best opportunity for a robust buy-to-let return? We took a look at the latest research in our third most-read article of 2021.
4. Revealed: The UK’s Most In-Demand Coastal Location
The past year has seen people’s buying choices dramatically change as the lockdown led them to reassess what was important to them. As well as looking for more space, the trend has been for people to head to the coast. In our fourth most-read article of 2021 we looked at research that revealed which coastal location was the most in-demand for 2021.
5. High Street Shops to Become Homes in Planning Law Shake-Up
Could our high streets become purely residential? New planning laws announced in April 2021 enabling unused commercial buildings to be converted into homes were announced. We took a look at the proposed changes in Propertista’s fifth-most read article of 2021.
6. London is No Longer the Most Searched For Property Location
Time and time again since the pandemic lockdowns research has found that homebuyers preferences have changed meaning instead of heading for the cities, more people are looking to escape to the countryside and coast. In our sixth most-read article of 2021 Propertista looks at further research finding that London is no longer the most searched-for location in the UK. So which town had pipped London to the post?
7. Six Private Islands You Could Buy for the Average Cost of a UK Home
What if you could buy your own island for less than a UK home? The article that secured the seventh spot in Propertista’s most-read articles of 2021 inspired readers to live the dream by looking at some far-flung island retreats that could be bought for less than the average UK home. Ready to pack your bags? Check out our article below…
8. What Will Happen to House Prices in 2022?
If only we had a crystal ball and could see which direction the property market is going to head in 2022. In our eighth most-read article of 2021, we take a look at two research-backed market predictions for the year ahead.
9. Five UK Properties You Can Buy For £100,000 or Less
Back in 2019, we set ourselves a challenge to find five properties in the UK for sale for £50K or less and were pleasantly surprised to find several in unexpectedly good locations. In 2021, we revisited this challenge, only this time, with a slightly more generous budget of £100,000. Read on to find out what property gems we found for £100k or less…
10. Which Region Has the Biggest Property Bargains?
In our tenth most-read article of 2021, Propertista looked at new research that revealed where buyers could cash in on the biggest asking price reductions in an otherwise red hot housing market.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our weekly posts in 2021. We welcome your feedback on what types of articles you’d like to read more of in Propertista in 2022. What was your favourite Propertista post of 2021? We’d love to hear…