Nearly Five Babies Born for Every New Home Built in the Past Five Years in Rother

Nearly 5 babies have been born for every new home that has been built in Rother since 2012, deepening the Bexhill housing shortage.

This discovery is an important foundation for my concerns about the future of the Bexhill property market – when you consider the battle that todays twenty and thirty somethings face in order to buy their first home and get on the Bexhill property ladder.

This is particularly ironic as these Bexhill youngsters’ are being born in an age when the number of new babies born to new homes was far lower.

This will mean the babies being born now, who will become the next generation’s first-time buyers will come up against even bigger competition from a greater number of their peers unless we move to long term fixes to the housing market, instead of the short term fixes that successive Governments have done since the 1980’s.

Looking at the most up to date data for the area covered by Rother Council, the numbers of properties-built versus the number of babies born together with the corresponding ratio of the two metrics …

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It can be seen that in 2016, 3.41 babies had been born in Rother for every home that had been built in the five years to the end of 2016 (the most up to date data). Interestingly, that ratio nationally was 2.9 babies to every home built in the ‘50s and 2.4 in the ‘70s. I have seen the unaudited 2017 statistics and the picture isn’t any better! (I will share those when they are released later in the year).

Our children, and their children, will be placed in an unprecedented and unbelievably difficult position when wanting to buy their first home unless decisive action is taken. You see it doesn’t help that with life expectancy growing year on year, this too is also placing excessive pressure on homes to live in availability, with normal population growth nationally (the number of babies born less the number of people passing away) accumulative by two people for every one home that was built since the start of this decade.

Owning one’s home is a measure many Brits to aspire to. The only long-term measure that will help is the building of more new homes on a scale not seen since the 50’s and 60’s, which means we would need to aim to at least double the number of homes we build annually.

In the meantime, what does this mean for Bexhill landlords and homeowners? Well the demand for rental properties in Bexhill in the short term will remain high and until the rate of building grows substantially, this means rents will remain strong and correspondingly, property values will remain robust. Well what do you think about that? Let me know by email or call into my office Redwell Estates, in Little Common and lets have a chat. My email by the way is Best wishes to all.




How Affordable is Property for Bexhill’s Average Working Families?

The simple fact is we are not building enough properties. If the supply of new properties is limited and demand continues to soar with heightened divorce rates, i.e. one household becoming two, people living longer and continued immigration, this means the values of those existing properties continues to remain high and out of reach for a lot of people, especially the blue collar working families of Bexhill.

Looking at some recent statistics released by the Government, the ratio of the lower quartile house prices to lower quartile gross annual salaries in Rother District Council has hit 10.98 to 1.

What does that mean exactly and why does it matter to Bexhill landlords and homeowners?

If we ordered every property in the Rother District Council area by the value of those properties, the average value of the lower quartile properties (i.e. lowest 25%) would be £196,500. If we then did the same, and ordered everyone’s salary in the same council area, the average of the lowest quartile (lowest 25%), the average salary of the lowest 25% is £17,892 pa, thus dividing one with the other, we get the ratio of 10.98 to 1.

Assuming there is one wage earner in the house, the chances of a Bexhill working family being able to afford to buy their own home, when it’s just under eleven times their annual salary, is very slim indeed. The existing affordability crisis of people wanting to buy their own home is the unavoidable outcome of the decade on decade failure to build enough homes to keep up with demand. Nevertheless, improving affordability is not a case of just constructing more homes. Rother District Council needs to ensure more properties are not only built, but built in the right locations and of the right type and at the right price to ensure the needs of these lower income working families are met, because at the moment, they presently have few options apart from the private rental sector.

Looking at the historic nature of the ratio, it can clearly be seen in the graph below that this has been an issue since the early to mid 2000’s.


However, if one looks at the historic data, those on the bottom rung of the ladder (those in the lower quartile of wage earners) used to be housed by the local authority instead of buying. However, the vast majority of council houses were sold off in the 1980’s, meaning there are much fewer council houses today to house this generation.

Many of the lower quartile working class families were given a lifeline to buy their own homes in middle 2000’s, with 100% mortgages, but the with the credit crunch in 2009, that rug (of 100% mortgages) was rudely pulled from under their feet. You see it is cheaper to buy than rent … it’s the finding of the 5% deposit that is the challenging issue for these Bexhill working class families. So unless the Government allow 100% mortgages back, the fact is, demand for rental properties will outstrip supply.

In the long term, to alleviate that, I would suggest the Bexhill community hold their local politicians at Rother District Council to account for the actions they could take to ensure the affordability of housing and the extent to which they work with private developers and housing associations and aggressively use the planning tools at their disposal to safeguard the local community getting the new households we need. Rother District Council could make certain parcels of residential building land for private rented development only, eliminating the opportunity of the land being bought to develop large executive homes, which do not solve the current problem.

Yet in the short term, all this means is demand for rental properties will continue to grow, keeping Bexhill house prices high and Bexhill rents high. For any Landlords who would like to discuss this article or discuss the rental market in Bexhill, call in and see me at my Little Common office or email me at or call me on 01424 224242. Hope you enjoy the read. Kind regards, Patrick.





Extra Funding Is Required for Affordable Homes in Bexhill

In my blog about the Bexhill Property Market I mostly only talk about two of the three main sectors of the local property market, the ‘private rented sector’ and the ‘owner occupier sector’. However, as I often stress when talking to my clients, one cannot forget the third sector, that being the ‘social housing sector’ (or council housing as some people call it).

In previous articles, I have spoken at length about the crisis in supply of property in Bexhill (i.e. not enough property is being built), but in this article I want to talk about the other crisis – that of affordability. It is not just about the pure number of houses being built but also the equilibrium of tenure (ownership vs rented) and therein, the affordability of housing, which needs to be considered carefully for an efficient and effectual housing market.

An efficient and effectual housing market is in everyone’s interests, including Bexhill homeowners and Bexhill landlords, so let me explain ..

An average of only 58 Affordable Homes per year have been built by Rother District Council in the last 9 years

The requirement for the provision of subsidised housing has been recognised since Victorian times. Even though private rents have not kept up with inflation since 2005 (meaning tenants are better off) it’s still a fact there are substantial numbers of low-income households in Bexhill devoid of the money to allow them a decent standard of housing.

Usually, property in the social housing sector has had rents set at around half the going market rate and affordable shared home ownership has been the main source of new affordable housing yet, irrespective of the tenure, the local authority is simply not coming up with the numbers required. If the local authority isn’t building or finding these affordable homes, these Bexhill tenants still need housing, and some tenants at the lower end of the market are falling foul of rogue landlords. Not good news for tenants and the vast majority of law abiding and decent Bexhill landlords who are tarnished by the actions of those few rogue landlords, especially as I believe everyone has the right to a safe and decent home.

Be it Tory’s, Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, Greens etc, everyone needs to put party politics aside and start building enough homes and ensure that housing is affordable. Even though 2017 was one of the best years for new home building in the last decade (217,000 home built in 2017) overall new home building has been in decline for many years from the heady days of the early 1970s, when an average of 350,000 new homes were being built a year. As you can see from the graph, we simply aren’t building enough ‘affordable’ homes in the area.


The blame cannot all be placed at the feet of the local authority as Council budgets nationally, according to Full-Fact, are 26% lower than they have been since 2010.
So, what does this mean for Bexhill homeowners? Well, an undersupply of affordable homes will artificially keep rents and property prices high. That might sound good in the short term, but a large proportion of my Bexhill landlords find their children are also priced out of the housing market. Also, whilst your Bexhill home might be slightly higher in value, due to this lack of supply of homes at the bottom end of the market, as most people move up the market when they do move, the one you want to buy will be priced even higher.

Problems at the lower end of the property market will affect the middle and upper parts. There is no getting away from the fact that the Bexhill housing market is all interlinked .. it’s not called the Property ‘Ladder’ for nothing! Interesting stuff when you think about it. Anyway, if you would like to discuss this article or any other of my pieces, then email me on or call into Redwell Estates in Little Common where I will be delighted to see you. Kind regards, Patrick Stappleton, Author of the Bexhill Property Blog.



Bexhill Property Market – Which Houses are Actually Selling?

Beast from the East, Russia, Facebook, Brexit, Trump, House prices up, House prices down … the Press is full of column inches on Brit’s favourite subjects of politics, scandal, weather and not forgetting (and I appreciate the irony of this!) the property market. As an agent belonging a national group of letting and estate agents, talking to my fellow property professionals from around the UK, the one thing that is immediately apparent is the UK does not have one property market. It is a hodgepodge patchwork (almost like a fly’s eye) of lots of small property markets all performing in different ways.

… And that made me think … is there just one Bexhill Property Market or many?

I like to keep an eye on the property market in Bexhill on a daily basis because it enables me to give the best advice and opinion on what (or not) to buy in Bexhill, be that a buy-to-let property for a Bexhill landlord or an owner occupier house for a home owner. So, I thought, how could I scientifically split the Bexhill housing market into segments, so I could see which part of the market was performing the best and the worst.

I decided the best way was to split the Bexhill property market into four equal size price bands (into terms of households for sale). Each price band would have around 25% of the property in Bexhill, from the lowest in value (the Lowest Quartile or 25%) all the way through to the highest 25% in terms of value, the Upper Quartile. Looking at the market, I have calculated that these are the price bands in Bexhill are as follows:

Lowest Quartile (lowest 25% in terms of value) … Up to £175,000
• Lower/Middle Quartile (25% to 50% Quartile in terms of value) £175,000 to £240,000
• Middle/Upper Quartile (50% to 75% Quartile in terms of value) £240,000 to £325,000
• Upper Quartile (highest 25% in terms of value) £325,000 Upwards

So, having split the Bexhill Property Market approximately into four equal sizes, the results in terms what price band has sold (subject to contract or stc) the most is quite enlightening –

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The best performing price range in Bexhill is the middle market. As I would expect, the upper quartile (the top 25%) is finding things slightly tougher. Interestingly for Bexhill landlords, the lower market is also selling well, meaning there are plenty of Bexhill landlords buying properties to add to their buy to let portfolios. Even though the number of first time buyers did increase in 2017, it was from a low base and the vast majority of 20 something’s cannot buy, so need a roof over their head (hence the need to rent somewhere).

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It is a fact that British (and Bexhill’s) housing markets have ridden the storms of Oil crisis in the 1970’s, the 1980’s depression, Black Monday in the 1990’s, and latterly the Credit Crunch together with the various house price crashes of 1973, 1987 and 2008. No matter what happens to us Brexit or anything else … unless the Government starts to build hundreds of thousands extra houses each year, demand will always outstrip supply … so maybe a time for Bexhill landlord investors to bag a bargain?

Want to know where those Bexhill buy to let bargains are? Follow my Bexhill Property Blog or drop me an email because irrespective of which agent you use, myself at Redwell Estates or any of the other excellent agents in Bexhill, many local landlords ask me my thoughts, opinion and advice on what (and not) to buy locally … and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on those thoughts … would you? To contact me either send me an email at or telephone me on 01424 844081, visit my website or my blog  Would love to hear from you.  Best wishes, Patrick Stappleton.


Bexhill Property Market Worth More Than Travis Perkins

The value of all the homes in Bexhill has risen by more than 267% in the past two decades, to £3.770bn, meaning its worth more than the stock listed company Travis Perkins, which is worth £3.603bn.

Those Bexhill homeowners and Buy-to-Let landlords who bought their homes twenty or more years ago have come out on top, adding thousands and thousands of pounds to the value of their own Bexhill homes as the younger generation in Bexhill continue to be priced out of the market. This is even more remarkable because, in those twenty years, we had the years of 2008 and 2009 following the global financial crisis, where we saw a short term drop in Bexhill house prices of between 15% and 20% (depending on the type of property). And although there have been a number of consecutive years of growth in property values recently in Bexhill it hasn’t been anywhere near the levels seen in the early 2000’s.

Twenty years ago, the total value of Bexhill property was worth £1.026bn. Over those twenty years, total property values have increased by £2.744bn, meaning today, the total value of all the properties in Bexhill is worth £3.770bn. Even more remarkable, when you consider the FTSE100 has only risen by 40.84% in the same time frame. Also, when I compared it with inflation, i.e. the UK Retail Price Index, inflation had risen by 72.2% during the same twenty years.

So, what does this all mean for Bexhill? Well as we enter the unchartered waters of 2018 and beyond, even though property values are already declining in certain parts of the previously over cooked central London property market, the outlook in Bexhill remains relatively good as over the last five years, the local property market has been a lot more sensible than central London’s.

Bexhill house values will remain resilient for several reasons. Firstly, demand for rental property remains strong with persistent immigration and population growth. Secondly, with 0.25% interest rates, borrowing has never been so cheap and finally, the simple lack of new house building in Bexhill. Not even keeping up with current demand, let alone eating into years and years of under investment mean only one thing – yes it might be a bumpy ride over the next 12 to 24 months but, in the medium term, property ownership and property investment in Bexhill has and always will, out ride out the storm.

In the coming weeks, I will look in greater detail at my thoughts for the 2018 Bexhill Property Market. As always, all my articles can be found at the Bexhill Property Market Blog.  Just go online to and pick from the blogs available.  Best wishes. Patrick Stappleton, Author of the Bexhill Property Blog.




Bexhill Council Tax Payers Stung by 64.42% above Inflation Rise

Buying and selling a home in Bexhill isn’t the easiest or cheapest thing you will ever do. Estate Agent fees, Solicitors fees, Survey fees, Mortgage fees, Removal Van … the costs just mount up throughout every step of the move. Last week, a Bexhill landlord asked me whether the Council Tax Band made a difference to a property’s appeal, be it tenanted or to owner occupiers, when it comes to being sold on the open market and whether extensions or improvements made a difference to the tax banding? Continue reading “Bexhill Council Tax Payers Stung by 64.42% above Inflation Rise”


Patrick’s Property Deals

If you are looking for a buy to let, then give the guys at Wyatt Hughes a call. They have got a rather nice 2 bedroom ground floor purpose built flat in popular Riders Bolt  which is on the old Hurchington estate in Bexhill-on-sea. This is a superbly presented apartment with a rather nice kitchen and shower room, generous, bright and airy living space and its vacant.  The town centre is about 1.1 miles away Continue reading “Patrick’s Property Deals”


Patrick’s Buy To Let Deals

This little gem is on the market with Redwell Estates in Bexhill-on-sea at the moment and I think it could  make a great buy to let property for you.

Its a 1 bedroom top floor flat with parking space positioned at the rear of the property in this modern block called Brooklands Lodge,  along Hastings Road Bexhill-on-sea.

The accommodation enjoys a bright and airy west facing outlook and is well placed for the Old Town of Bexhill and the town centre.

The price is £130,000 and has a good lease remaining.  The property is vacant at the moment and has recently been let for approximately £6,600 per annum (£550 pcm) and this would give you a yield of about 5.08%.  That’s not bad when you think about it.

The EPC is C and the Council Tax Band is B.  Thank you for reading my blog, hope you enjoy the articles. Now call the agent and let me know what you think.


Patrick’s Buy To Let Deal

New to Patricks Buy To Let deals this week is this little gem.  I spotted this property whilst I was trawling the net the other day and thought what a good price for a 2 bedroom first floor flat with outside space on London Road, in Bexhill-on-sea.  So I investigated the agents website and downloaded the property details and found this.

Number 237 London Road Bexhill, TN39 4AH is a bright and airy flat with good sized accommodation its 75 M2 (square meters) with an EPC rating of D and Council Tax Band of A.  Its located approximately a mile from the centre of the town and close to local schools and bus services and nearby shops.

Now depending on what you pay for this flat and what you decide to rent it for is up to you, but at £140,000 and a potential rent of £8,400 per annum (£700 pcm) it would give you a yield of about 6%, now that’s not bad.  Give the agent a call, and let me know how you get on.

Another buy to let deal will be arriving soon, but for more of my articles go back to my main blog page, thank you for reading.


Bexhill Property Market – The 12.7% ‘New Build Premium’

According to the National House Building Council (NHBC), more than 26,142 new homes were registered to be built in the South East last year, on par with 2016 levels of 26,147 dwellings. Great news when you consider it is still one of the highest number of new builds in the region since the pre-recession levels of the Credit Crunch and the uncertainty of Brexit and the General Election. Continue reading “Bexhill Property Market – The 12.7% ‘New Build Premium’”