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Welcome to The Wharfe Valley Property Blog, the place where landlords and homeowners can find useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for owning, renting out, buying and selling property in the Wharfe Valley covering Ilkley, Addingham, Ben Rhydding, Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Otley and Pool in Wharfedale area.

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04
November, 2019
10:33

#Ilkley Homeowners can now build larger extensions without planning permission.

The need for more homes has always been one of the biggest issues with regard to the Country’s housing crisis. One of the main reasons for families wanting to move home is the need for more accommodation as their families grow and so in 2013 and 2015, the planning permission rules were relaxed to try an alleviate this issue. Initially in 2013, Nick Clegg, as Deputy Prime Mister, brought in temporary planning rules to allow larger single...

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02
November, 2019
16:57

The Affordability of Buying Property in #Otley

Looking back at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landing earlier this year, it reminded me of the huge changes that have happened to Otley and more specifically the Otley property market since WW2. Back in 1946, the average wage in Otley was just over £5 a week and to buy an average car would cost you just under £600, yet this is a property blog, so... The average value of an Otley property in 1946 was £1,191...

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04
August, 2019
21:54

#Otley Homeowners Sell Their Home Nearly 14% More Than the UK Average

Otley Homeowners Sell Their Home Nearly 14% More Than the UK Average The average homeowner in the UK moves every 20.2 years… That average in the 1970’s and 80’s was around every 10 to 11 years; in the 1990’s it increased to the mid-teens (in terms of years) and in the early part of the Millennium, it dropped again to the low teens. When we had the Credit Crunch years of 2008/09/10, that shot up to every 25.3...

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23
July, 2019
08:00

Do We Have the Right Sort of #Ilkley Homes For the 21st Century

Would it surprise you to know that in some parts of Ilkley, predominantly prosperous areas with high proportions of mature residents, the housing crisis is not one of supply so much as dispersal of that supply? Theoretically, in Ilkley there are more than enough bedrooms for everyone - it’s just they are disproportionately spread among the population, with some better-off and more mature households living in large Ilkley homes with many spare...

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16
June, 2019
11:30

38% more homes for sale in #Otley than a year ago

One of the key factors of the health of the Otley property market is the number of properties for sale at any one time. The issue with housing is that when demand goes up, unlike with a chocolate bar factory, who can add a couple of hours overtime to increase supply/production to satisfy demand, it takes a good 18 months to two years from planning permission to someone moving into a home. I have talked at length (and proved) in previous articles...

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