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39.97% of Melksham households are 3-bedroom homes. Is that enough?

As an estate agent with a keen eye on local Melksham property trends, it becomes imperative to delve into the nuanced landscape of property types, mainly through the lens of bedroom distribution across various tenures.

This analysis enriches the knowledge base of Melksham homeowners and landlords and positions them advantageously in making informed decisions.

At the heart of this exploration lies the categorisation of properties based on tenure: owner-occupied, owner-occupied with a mortgage, privately rented, and social housing. When dissected by the number of bedrooms – one, two, three, and four or more – each category reveals insightful trends that I can compare with local and national housing narratives.

Understanding this breakdown is crucial for Melksham homeowners as it
sheds light on the current demand and supply dynamics within Melksham.

It offers a glimpse into which types of properties are most sought after. For instance, a surge in smaller, one or two-bedroom privately rented properties might indicate a rising demand from young professionals or smaller families, a demographic trend that has been observed nationally. Conversely, a prevalence of larger, owner-occupied homes could reflect a community with a significant number of established families valuing space and comfort.

On the other hand, Melksham landlords stand to gain
immensely from this granular analysis.

The bedroom distribution across privately rented sectors can guide investment decisions, highlighting portfolio diversification or consolidation opportunities. For instance, a Melksham landlord noticing an undersupply in three-bedroom rental properties might consider acquiring or converting properties to fill this gap, thereby meeting market demand and enhancing rental yields. Our local authority, Wiltshire Council, will also find it helpful to compare their housing stock against the private rented sector.

Moreover, comparing these local insights with national statistics offers a broader context, allowing Melksham’s property stakeholders to benchmark against broader trends. Such comparisons can reveal whether Melksham is moving in tandem with national shifts – like the growing preference for more space post-pandemic – or if it harbours unique local preferences that could be leveraged for competitive advantage.

Let’s look at the distribution of properties under tenure in the Melksham area, comparing them against the national stats.

In the Wiltshire area…

  • 43% of Wiltshire homes are 1 bed households, compared to 11.4% nationally.
  • 13% of Wiltshire homes are 2 bed households, compared to 27.1% nationally.
  • 97% of Wiltshire homes are 3 bed households, compared to 40.4% nationally.
  • 47% of Wiltshire homes are 4+ bed households, compared to 21.1% nationally.

Next, let me look at the distribution over the tenures in Wiltshire…

  • 30% of Wiltshire homes are owned outright, compared to 32.8% nationally.
  • 73% of Wiltshire homes are owned with a mortgage, compared to 28.7% nationally.
  • 52% of Wiltshire homes are social rented (Council & Housing Association), compared to 17.1% nationally.
  • 45% of Wiltshire homes are privately rented, compared to 20.3% nationally.

And now let’s look at household tenure by bedrooms.

Owned Outright

  • 16% of Owned households in Wiltshire have 1 bedroom (compared to the national average of 3.9%)
  • 95% of Owned households in Wiltshire have 2 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 22.9%)
  • 74% of Owned households in Wiltshire have 3 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 46.7%)
  • 15% of Owned households in Wiltshire have 4 or more bedrooms (compared to the national average of 26.5%)

Owned with a Mortgage

  • 05% of Owned (with a mortgage) households in Wiltshire have 1 bedroom (compared to the national average of 3.6%)
  • 78% of Owned (with a mortgage) households in Wiltshire have 2 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 19.0%)
  • 37% of Owned (with a mortgage) households in Wiltshire have 3 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 45.1%)
  • 80% of Owned (with a mortgage) households in Wiltshire have 4 or more bedrooms (compared to the national average of 32.3%)

Social Renting

  • 46% of Social Rented households in Wiltshire have 1 bedroom (compared to the national average of 29.4%)
  • 86% of Social Rented households in Wiltshire have 2 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 35.5%)
  • 79% of Social Rented households in Wiltshire have 3 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 31.2%)
  • 88% of Social Rented households in Wiltshire have 4 or more bedrooms (compared to the national average of 3.9%)

Private Renting

  • 33% of Private Rented households in Wiltshire have 1 bedroom (compared to the national average of 18.8%)
  • 18% of Private Rented households in Wiltshire have 2 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 39.1%)
  • 56% of Private Rented households in Wiltshire have 3 bedrooms (compared to the national average of 31.8%)
  • 93% of Private Rented households in Wiltshire have 4 or more bedrooms (compared to the national average of 10.4%)

So, what does it all mean? The Melksham and Wiltshire housing market, with its diverse range of properties and tenures, offers a rich tapestry for analysis.

For Melksham homeowners and landlords alike, understanding how the number of bedrooms correlates with different types of tenure provides a strategic lens through which to view their home or investments. It underscores the importance of local market intelligence in making informed decisions for buying, selling, or renting properties.

As Melksham continues to evolve, staying abreast of these trends will empower current property holders and attract prospective buyers and investors to this vibrant town.

And finally, to answer the question posed at the start, 39.97% of Melksham households are 3-bed homes – is that enough? Well, that can’t be answered in this short article, as there is such a difference between the tenures. Instead, the article’s purpose was to highlight the information and make you think.

Why? Ultimately, the most knowledgeable agents, homeowners and landlords will recognise the value of detailed, localised property insights, using them to navigate the complexities of the Melksham property market with confidence and understanding.

Do let me know your thoughts.

Nigel Fitzgerald
Proud Business Owner, Lock & Key

 

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