North-focused housebuilder Redrow lifted profits 91% in the year to end-June and was bullish about the forthcoming 12 months after strong increases to its land bank and order book. Profit before tax rose 91% to £132m, with the government's Help to Buy supporting 35% of completions.
The disposal of a portfolio of the Group's ground rent assets for £99.8 million, which completed on 17th June 2014, has contributed to a strong operating cash inflow over the period. The Group currently expects to remain ungeared following the dividend payment of 90 pence per share (£121.7 million) on 26 September 2014.
A further 180 pence per share is payable as dividends in order to meet the first milestone of paying 434 pence per share by September 2015. The Board has previously indicated that it will aim to make regular dividend distributions where conditions permit and is on track to meet this commitment. Looking to the next milestone of 433 pence per share in September 2018, the Board intends to meet a proportion of this through regular dividend payments, where market conditions permit.
"A further 180 pence per share is payable as dividends in order to meet the first milestone of paying 434 pence per share by September 2015. The Board has previously indicated that it will aim to make regular dividend distributions where conditions permit and is on track to meet this commitment. Looking to the next milestone of 433 pence per share in September 2018, the Board intends to meet a proportion of this through regular dividend payments, where market conditions permit."
The seasonally adjusted house prices in the UK registered a rise of 0.8% in August on a monthly basis, higher than market expectations for an advance of 0.1%. In the earlier month, house prices had registered a revised rise of 0.2%.
Property prices soar in London's Square Mile: Residential property prices in the Square Mile are soaring, rising 71% since the last housing market crash as domestic and overseas buyers clamber to own a home in the heart of the capital.
Letting agents raise rents to get around ban on fees: Scottish estate agents are blaming the country’s ban on tenancy fees for a recent rise in rents, indicating that the Labour party may face a similar challenge if it brings in the same rule for the U.K. after 2015.
Estate agent Savills expects average UK house prices to rise by a whopping 25.7 per cent over the next five years, up from its original forecast of 25.2 per cent. For 2014 alone, Savills has raised its original forecast for house price growth from 6.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent. The biggest change is in London, where Savills has revised its original forecast from 8.5 per cent to 15 per cent for 2014. Over the next five years, Savills expects London house prices to grow 24.4 per cent. The South East, South West and East of England are all forecast to show double-digit growth in 2014. Notably, all three regions are expected to show stronger growth over five years than London, as a flow of buyers continues leave the capital for more affordable housing. House prices in the South East are tipped to grow 31.6 per cent, while the South West is expected to grow by 29.9 per cent between 2014 and 2018. The East of England is forecast to grow 31.1 per cent during that time. Savills UK head of residential research Lucian Cook says: “House price growth in the mainstream market has been underpinned by record low interest rates, rising loan-to-income lending and pent up demand from buyers re-entering the market as the economy and consumer sentiment have improved. “But these extraordinary rates of house price growth cannot continue in the current, more regulated mortgage environment, particularly in the face of likely interest rate rises.” Data from the Office for National Statistics released last week showed the rate of UK house price inflation slowed slightly in June although prices were still up 10.2 per cent on an annual basis.
U.K.’s property millionaires set to hit 500,000: Almost 500,000 homeowners in the U.K. are now part of the so-called property millionaires club after an explosion in the number of houses valued over £1 million during the past year.
London housing market put into reverse gear by surge in supply: The number of new houses being put up for sale in London is increasing at a rate more than three times the national average as homeowners look to cash in on the surge in property values in the capital.
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