Tue 23 Jan 2018
After a year of Trump, Brexit negotiations, Stamp Duty changes, greater tenant rights and further taxation changes, the property market as a whole has proved to be incredibly resilient once again. As we look ahead to 2018, we hope that the market continues to hold its own when faced with continued the political and economic uncertainty, further regulatory changes and proposed gradual interest rate rises. Here’s our take on the year ahead for housing:
Across the UK, the number of residential property transactions increased by 0.6% in November compared with the previous month, according to the latest HMRC statistics.
In real terms, this was 104,200 housing transactions for November, which is up 7.1% on the corresponding month in 2016 on a seasonally adjusted basis.
There were 1,127,450 residential property transactions completed in 2017, on a seasonally adjusted basis, which suggests that the market is entering 2018 on a rather solid footing.
Tim Lovett, MD at Lovett Sales & Lettings said: “In St Neots and West Cambs in general we’re finding the demand for homes to be extremely high still – when priced correctly of course! It’s the lack of new stock coming onto the market that continues to frustrate. Especially when you see mortgages are priced very competitively and we now have the chancellor’s Stamp Duty exemption for first-time buyers. However the early signs in early January lead me to believe we may see renewed activity at the entry level of the market over the coming months.”
The annual rate of house price growth sat around the 2-4% range throughout 2017 according to Nationwide, however experts believe the 2018 outlook to be much more bleak, with economic and political uncertainty still in the minds of the public.
Whilst the Prime Central London market is likely to continue to stagnate, the rest of the country, according to insiders in the industry, will plateau.
JLL however forecasts UK house price growth of 2.5% pa for the next five years, while a recent Reuters poll of 28 housing market specialists suggest that house prices will rise by 1.3% nationally in 2018 - all price projections for 2018 are below the existing rate of consumer price inflation.
Our opinion for the West Cambs region is far more positive than this. We feel the area will continue to boom, as more and more people from outside of the region consider relocating here. Furthermore, buy-to-let investors are aware that despite the recent legislation changes to the sector, our region can still offer annual yields between 4 – 6%. Far better than you’ll get putting your money in the bank!
"I have always found Lovetts to be very responsive to any concerns I have. The monthly statement and my rent are always produced on time and they send out an annual statement for tax purposes which is invaluable. Of the 4 letting agents I have used over the past 10 years Lovetts are by far the best!"