Stoke-on-Trent is made up of six towns with six different centres; Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall. Five of these six towns have beautiful Victorian parks. And because of the areas affinity with the pottery industry ‘Stokies’ are commonly known as ‘Potters’. Here’s everything you need to know about buying, selling and letting houses in Stoke-on-Trent.
What are the types of housing stock?
The area’s connection with the manufacturing of ceramic goods, for the tables of the world, continues into the local housing stock. As many of the beautiful late Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses were originally built as workers houses. With many featuring Minton tile floors, feature fireplaces and signature tiling to the façades. Beyond this, there were two periods of development across suburban areas around Stoke in 1930s and 1980s, where there was a focus on semi-detached family homes. And more recently Stoke has seen a focus on ‘executive detached’ family homes.
Take a look at the stunning new executive development on Gower Street, Newcastle here
What is my house in Stoke worth?
Stoke-on-Trent is blessed with a wide range of properties and prices. With homes in the area being amongst some of the most affordable in the country. So don’t underestimate the power that a little bit of elbow grease has on achieving a sale and getting your asking price. To do this, you need viewers to picture themselves in your home. By cleaning the windows and switching on lights, you’ll flood rooms with light that helps them to visualise their life in your home.
First impressions count. Have you got a pot of paint in the garage that could freshen up the main entrance? Now imagine the physical contact points a guest has with your home. Is the paintwork on the gate and door flaky? If so you could be subconsciously telling the viewer that the home needs a lot of work. Since some viewers will determine the value of a house before they’ve crossed the threshold. Once inside make sure that you’ve cleared away clutter, as you want viewers to enter your house with optimism and begin visualising their possessions in the space.
Where to buy or let in Stoke?
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have been successful in its bid to form one 26 Enterprise Zones in the UK. The creation of a ‘Ceramic valley’ along the A500 is expected to create a large number of jobs, business opportunities and demand for new homes and rentals in Stoke. Currently, there are several promising brownfield sites with ongoing planning applications. There is Knype Way, Bradwell that can be found here. And Deans Lane and Red Street, Chesterton that can be view here. Both of these are hopefully going to be developed over the next few years.
Properties for sale – The arrival of one of the UK’s largest M&S and Starbucks in Wolstanton has reinvigorated the site and the surrounding properties. As part of the development, new access from Wolstanton down to the A500 was created. Allowing easy access for commuters working in Derbyshire and Cheshire. Being within 3 miles of Newcastle-Under-Lyme and featuring spacious detached properties, the Westlands remains one of the fastest moving property areas in the area. With the added benefits of being within the catchment for two OFSTED ‘Good’ schools, Seabridge Primary School and Langdale Primary School. The Westlands remains a place ‘Stokies’ love to live.
Properties to let – The rental demand in Stoke are driven by an increasing need for room lets connected with university students and decent rental properties close to the UHNM hospital. However, changes in the amount of tax a landlord pays from income received from rental properties are encouraging some landlords to sell. But the reality is that most landlords will simply adjust their investment plans based on these tax changes. Therefore we wouldn’t expect a significant reduction in affordable properties to let in Stoke because of these changes.
New on the market – Properties, on the whole, are selling quickly around Stoke-on-Trent. We hopefully have an unconverted former chapel with planning permission coming to the market. If this is something you would like to know more about you can get in touch here.
We have seen more state of the art new build developments recently, notably Brampton Villas on Gower Street, which has echoed a national trend for properties with glamour & gadgets over grounds & gardens. If you are interested in finding out where the next hi-tech new build is being developed locally you can register your interest here.
2018 is the year to sell your house in Stoke-on-Trent
If you put your house on the market, then you had better be prepared for it to sell. There’s no ‘dipping your toe in the water’ because houses in Stoke are selling fast. And as the tax law changes for landlords continue to come into force, we could see landlords releasing their investment properties into the Stoke-On-Trent market. Nationally there seems to be a general move towards making the buy to let market less appealing and providing much-needed support and security for tenants.
“Things are moving very quickly at the moment and demand seems to be outstripping supply so I see the first half of the year being fast-paced. However, the wider economic uncertainty around Brexit and talk of interest rate increases inevitably effects a decision to sell, unless someone is moving out of necessity. Where a growing family, a work relocation or financial struggle mean that a move is unavoidable.”
John Follwell M.N.A.E.A – Newcastle-Under-Lyme office