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    • FIRSTTIMER
    • By FIRSTTIMER 11th Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    Buying Freehold House
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:22 AM
    Buying Freehold House 11th Mar 17 at 8:22 AM
    Hi,


    What costs and price am I looking to pay to buy the freehold on my house.


    Currently own a house £170k Leasehold 999 years since 1998 Ground Rent £25.


    Is there any point? - Will it increase any value if some houses on the close are freehold and the rest aren't?
    Savings £17500
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    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 11th Mar 17, 10:00 AM
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    I doubt it will increase the value of your house by much. It will cost £250-500, plus fees.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 11th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
    You might want to buy the freehold to release you from some of the obligations of the lease.

    For example, your lease might say you need the freeholder's consent for alterations, and pay them a fee. If you buy the freehold, you wouldn't have to do that.
    • FIRSTTIMER
    • By FIRSTTIMER 11th Mar 17, 10:32 AM
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    wow is that all the cost would be £500 max plus fees?
    Savings £17500
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 11th Mar 17, 10:36 AM
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    wow is that all the cost would be £500 max plus fees?
    Originally posted by FIRSTTIMER
    £25 a year at 5%.

    Unless there are increases built in that you haven't mentioned.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 11th Mar 17, 5:04 PM
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    Worth it simply to expand the pool of potential buyers should you wish to sell in the future.
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    • By GDB2222 11th Mar 17, 5:17 PM
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    Worth it simply to expand the pool of potential buyers should you wish to sell in the future.
    Originally posted by zagubov
    Would a leasehold of that term put you off? I've never had a leasehold house, so maybe I'm missing a trick.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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    • By zagubov 11th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    Would a leasehold of that term put you off? I've never had a leasehold house, so maybe I'm missing a trick.
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    I'd be worried that the mere fact that leasehold is mentioned in the context if a house would put many people off investigating further.
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    • alex_163163
    • By alex_163163 11th Mar 17, 5:30 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 5:30 PM
    Would a leasehold of that term put you off? I've never had a leasehold house, so maybe I'm missing a trick.
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    I think it depends whether a prospective buyer gets so far to look into the terms of a lease, just in my opinion.
    With some of the horror stories I that have seen in the news recently about new build leasehold houses and people who are now trying to sell them finding themselves trapped due to ground rent increases that were not fully understood at the time of purchase, it would put some prospective viewers off right from the outset (even if those circumstances don't apply here).
    if I were scrolling through rightmove and saw that a house was listed as leasehold I wouldn't even consider looking at it, even if the photos looked amazing. So I would never get as far as to find out what the ground rent, lease length were etc.
    I know that may be a narrow sighted view, but I think others would also do the same.
    If you find out the freehold can be purchased at a reasonable price, I would do it for the reason the poster above said - to make it more attractive to future buyers if you ever wish to sell. It may not actually add much value, but will make it more saleable, in my opinion anyway.

    (Sorry that was a bit of a ramble!!)
    Last edited by alex_163163; 11-03-2017 at 5:34 PM.
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