20 March 2018

Why there are so many second homes in Norfolk

The National Housing Federation has recently released research that reveals that there is now more second home ownership in Norfolk than ever before. In fact there are now more than 13000 second homes in Norfolk making it one of the biggest hotspots for second home ownership in the country.

It’s no surprise that the number of second homes in Norfolk is at an all-time high. The North Norfolk coast and the Norfolk Broads remain two of the UK’s best loved holiday destinations.

There are two main reasons for the rush to second home ownership in Norfolk other than it just being a great place to chill out.

Firstly it has become increasingly expensive for families to take a vacation abroad. This is partly due to rising taxes on flights and partly due to a weaker exchange rate. As a consequence, more and more families are holidaying in the UK. There are more foreign visitors to the UK who also want to come to Norfolk for their holidays and enjoy better value for money than they might have had prior to a weaker pound.

The other reason why people have been investing in second homes is that there are significant tax advantages in letting furnished holiday accommodation over shorthold tenancies. In recent years the Treasury has made buy to let less profitable and so furnished holiday lets has become the preferred vehicle for many property investors.