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”

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”

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”

Residential Property Review – March 2022

Sales up as demand stays strong 2022 has picked up where 2021 left off, with near-record demand leading to the busiest January and February since 2016, according to Zoopla. Sales agreed in February were 31% above the 2017-19 average for the month, according to TwentyCi, matching levels last seen at the start of 2021. Meanwhile, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – March 2022”

Residential Property Review – February 2022

Promising signs in the UK housing market Following a record-breaking 2021, continuing strong numbers of agreed sales and approved mortgages suggest transactions are likely to stay high over the next few months. Net mortgage debt by individuals decreased slightly to £3.6bn in December 2021, according to the Bank of England Net mortgage debt by individuals … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – February 2022”

Residential Property Review – January 2022

Strong end to record-breaking year – but uncertainty ahead As Big Ben’s bongs rang out, a record-breaking year for the residential housing market gave way to an uncertain New Year. Completed transactions to November totalled 1.36 million, which means the number of homes sold in 2021 will reach levels not seen since before the global … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – January 2022”

What trends will dominate the housing market in 2022?

Last year house prices rose to new heights and the sales market was at its most active since 2007.  Last year’s property boom was fuelled by a desire for more space, a mismatch in supply and demand, and the temporary Stamp Duty holiday.  Looking ahead, what trends will dominate the housing market in 2022? Strong … Continue reading “What trends will dominate the housing market in 2022?”

Residential Property Review – December 2021

Slowing activity but demand remains high New buyer enquiries rose slightly in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) November survey, with a net balance of +13%, while new instructions fell for the eighth successive month to -18%. The end of the Stamp Duty holiday, among other factors, has contributed to a dip in housing … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – December 2021”

Residential Property Review – November 2021

Spending pledges for housing in Autumn Budget In his Autumn Budget delivered at the end of October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed more cash to building new homes on derelict or unused land in England, as part of a £24bn fund earmarked for housing. The plans will see 160,000 greener homes built on brownfield land and … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – November 2021”

Residential Property Review – October 2021

Supply still lagging demand Steady buyer demand and a sixth successive month of net negative new instructions, were the standout trends in the September UK Residential Market Survey published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). “At the national level, new buyer enquiries had a net balance of zero in September, up from -13% … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – October 2021”