Providing insights on the key issues shaping the current UK residential market, it is an invaluable tool to help inform our customers of the market conditions surrounding their residential property purchases.
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Knowns and UnknownsMixed signals continue to underpin any commentary on the performance of the residential market at the moment.Download PDF Report
The Run-in to Year EndForecasting season is upon us, at least in terms of building up the rationale that forms our annual view of future house prices. Each year it is a hard job, but the ambiguity that frames the market this year is driving even greater uncertainty than in previous years.Download PDF Report
Where is Government’s Housing Strategy?Although the markets across the Hamptons International network in the South of England have demonstrated a sustained resilience, the national level market appears to be headed towards another period of moderately falling prices.Download PDF Report
Market Defies Gloomy BackdropOngoing Eurozone fiscal challenges continue to provide an unsettled backdrop to the UK’s economic fortunes. They are having a direct impact on demand for British goods and services on the continent and are also dragging on domestic consumer demand.Download PDF Report
Reading Between The LinesThe estimate of Q1 2012 GDP suggests the UK economy contracted by 0.3 per cent over the period. While this could be considered ‘flat’ by any standard, a dip on the back of another fall in Q4 2011 has pushed the UK into a technical recession.Download PDF Report
Spring Season Crucial for 2012 MarketThe Spring housing market is always important, but there are extra reasons to make it count this year. Download PDF Report
Government InfluenceCautious optimism is the phrase of choice for economists and can be equally applied to housing market commentators. Download PDF Report
As Long As I Can See the LightA curious thing happened in January. The market woke up; at least a bit. House prices across the UK began the year between around two per cent below the same level in 2010. At the same time transactions have languished at broadly half the level of a ‘normal’ market.
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Kickstart or Stalled Engine?Looking ahead to 2012, the housing market dashboard is lit up with warning lights. Activity is expected to remain at half the level of a ‘normal’ UK market, meaning that buyers will continue to be frustrated by a lack of choice.
It Will Be a Marathon, Not a SprintGiven the appetite for housing market forecasts at this time of year, it was no surprise that speculation regarding the likely length of this housing market cycle emerged in the press again this month.
Islands in the StreamEven the political party conference season, generally filled with good newsannouncements, was overshadowed by difficult stories about the state of our economy.
Economic Turbulence ContinuesThe volatility of the UK economy continues to plague demand in the wider UK residential market, although higher value properties in London and the South of England continue to trade well.
Market Divide WideningIn terms of market headlines June was a month of records. The first dip in real earnings for 30 years, the largest drop in the number of unemployed for over 10 years and record low mortgage rates.
Strong Activity, but Market Uncertainty PersistsIn stark contrast to the gloomy commentary in the press, UK house prices increased in five out of the past six months, including 0.3 percent in May according to Nationwide. Leaving prices 1.2% behind the level in May 2010.
Interpreting a Restrained Housing MarketWe are now well and truly into the Spring house buying season, typically of the busier periods in the calendar year. There are already signs that the warmer than usual weather has brought this forward;
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