Residential Property Review June 2022

UK housing market – busy but slowing Following two frenetic years, UK housing market activity remains strong, despite some signs of a slowdown beginning to emerge. In April 2022, sales agreed were 18% higher than the month’s pre-pandemic average, according to TwentyCi. Completions too remained 13% above the 2017-19 rate. First-time buyers (FTBs) continue to … Continue reading “Residential Property Review June 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review June 2022

Quality is key for London office space After its pandemic-induced hibernation, London’s office market has kicked back into life, with demand from Central London occupiers in Q1 2022 more than 34% above the five-year quarterly average, according to Savills. As confidence returns to the office market, more Central London occupiers are increasing their total space … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review June 2022”

Uncertainties hang over financial markets

Confidence continues to deteriorate Concerns over inflation and the outlook for monetary policy and economic growth continued to preoccupy investors in May. The FTSE 100 Index  edged up by 0.8% over the month, while the FTSE 250 Index fell by 1.4%. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since at least 1974 during May, according … Continue reading “Uncertainties hang over financial markets”

Interest rates rise around the world

Fed raises rates by 50 bp Markets were choppy during May as investors’ ongoing preoccupation over inflation was compounded by a raft of interest rate increases. The US Federal Reserve (Fed)  raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points during May to a range of 0.75% to 1%. Fed officials are set to implement … Continue reading “Interest rates rise around the world”

Economic Review – May 2022

Bank warns of deteriorating outlook The Bank of England (BoE) has warned that the UK faces a “sharp economic slowdown” in the coming months as it continues to raise interest rates in a bid to dampen rapidly rising prices. Following its early-May meeting, the BoE’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a 6-3 majority … Continue reading “Economic Review – May 2022”

Residential Property Review – May 2022

Three key Queen’s Speech commitments Housing featured prominently in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May, with social housing, rental reform and leasehold reform all part of the government’s priorities in the coming twelve months. Of the 38 legislative announcements, there were three significant ones relating to housing: the Social Housing Regulation Bill, the Renters’ Reform … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – May 2022”

Global update

Inflation triggers concerns over growth Investor sentiment was undermined during April by concerns over inflation, fears relating to the war in Ukraine, and worries about the wider economic impact of Covid outbreaks in China. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for global growth from 4.4% to 3.6% this year and from 3.8% to … Continue reading “Global update”

Economic Review – April 2022

IMF cuts growth forecast The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that economic damage from the Ukraine conflict will contribute to a significant slowdown in the global economy with the UK set to be amongst the hardest hit. In its latest assessment of world economic prospects, the IMF said the war in Ukraine is driving … Continue reading “Economic Review – April 2022”

Residential Property Review – April 2022

Supply shortages fail to blunt sales Low availability is once again the key trend in the UK housing market, even as stock levels edge upwards and sales remain strong. In March, estate agents reported a 3.5% monthly rise in the level of stock on their books, according to Zoopla. Moreover, the number of homes coming … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – April 2022”

Commercial Property Market Review – April 2022

Industrial space in high demand in Q1 Elevated occupier demand has driven strong UK industrials and logistics take-up in Q1 2022, according to the latest research. The take-up of 10.43 million sq. ft in the first quarter is double the total in the same period last year, CBRE noted. Q1 2022 saw take-up more than … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – April 2022”