Economic Review – November 2023

OBR cuts economic growth forecast Revised forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) suggest the UK economy is set to grow more slowly over the next two years than previously predicted. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled the independent fiscal watchdog’s latest projections during his Autumn Statement delivered on 22 November. The updated forecast predicts the … Continue reading “Economic Review – November 2023”

Residential Property Review – November 2023

Residential supply and demand less downbeat According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) October UK Residential Market Survey, demand is still falling faster than supply. New buyer enquiries posted a net balance of -28% during October, marking eighteen successive months in which this indicator has been in negative territory. Nevertheless, the latest reading … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – November 2023”

Autumn Statement 2023

On 22 November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt unveiled the government’s latest tax and spending plans saying “we back British business” announcing 110 growth measures which he said would boost business investment by £20bn a year. The Chancellor said the government had taken difficult decisions to put the economy “back on track” and claimed, … Continue reading “Autumn Statement 2023”

Economic Review – October 2023

Inflation rate holds steady The Bank of England (BoE) Governor has described the latest batch of inflation statistics as “quite encouraging,” adding that he expects a “noticeable drop” in the headline rate when the next set of data is released later this month. Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that … Continue reading “Economic Review – October 2023”

Residential Property Review – October 2023

Conditions remain challenging The residential sales market continues to be challenging, according to the latest UK Residential Survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), with demand, sales, instructions, and prices remaining in negative territory. At a national level, new buyer enquiries recorded a net balance of -39% in September, which although weak, is … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – October 2023”

Economic Review – September 2023

Rate-hike pause as inflation dips Last month, the Bank of England announced a pause in its long run of interest rate rises following an unexpected dip in the UK headline rate of inflation and ‘increasing signs’ that higher rates were starting to hurt the real economy. Following its latest meeting, which concluded on 20 September, … Continue reading “Economic Review – September 2023”

Residential Property Review – September 2023

Economic uncertainty weighs on the residential market The most recent UK Housing Market Update from Savills has highlighted that buyers’ budgets continue to be impacted by higher mortgage rates, and although inflation has begun to move lower, core inflation remains ‘unexpectedly sticky.’  During July, with completed sales reducing by 18% on the 2017-19 average, market … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – September 2023”

Commercial Property Market Review – September 2023

Private investors acquire £1.3bn of London office assets over 12 months Knight Frank’s latest research report on the capital’s office market has highlighted that over the last year, family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals have purchased £1.3bn worth of London office assets.  Such high transaction volumes by wealthy private investors have been a by-product partly of … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – September 2023”