My 2018 Forecast for Burton Property Values

A few weeks into the new year seems to be the traditional time for the media to predict the future of the housing market for the rest of the year. So, to go along with that, these are my thoughts on the Burton property market.

With the average 5-year fixed rate mortgage at 1.98% (down from 3.47% in 2014) and 2-year fixed rate at 1.47% (down from 2.37% in 2014), mortgage interest rates offered by lenders are at an all-time low – even with the slight increase on the Bank of England base rate a few months ago. Added to this, there has been a low unemployment rate of 3.9% in Burton, which has contributed to maintain a decent level demand for property in the area in 2017 (interestingly – an impressive 1,266 Burton properties were sold in last 12 months), whilst finally, the number of properties for sale in the town has remained limited, thus providing support for house prices, meaning …

Burton Property Values are 1.5% higher than a year ago

However, moving into 2018, there will be greater pressure on people’s incomes as inflation starts to eat into real wage packet growth, which will wield a snowballing strain on consumer confidence. Interestingly though, information from the website Rightmove suggested over a third of property it had on its books in October and November had their asking prices reduced, the highest percentage of asking price reductions in the same time frame, over five years. Still, a lot of that could have been house-sellers being overly optimistic with their initial pricing.

What about the B-Word?

In terms of what will happen to Burton property values in the next 12 months, a lot will be contingent on the type of Brexit we have and the impact on the whole of the UK economy. A lot of people will talk about the Central London property market in the coming year, and if the banking and finance sectors are negatively affected with a poor Brexit deal, then the London market is likely to see more of an impact.

Nevertheless, the bottom line is that Burton homeowners landlords should be aware of what happens in the rollercoaster housing market of Central London, but not panic if prices do drop suddenly there in 2018. Over the last 8 years, the Central London property market has been in a world of its own; Central London house prices have grown by 89.6% in those last 8 years, whilst in Burton, they have only risen by 22.8%. So we might see a heavy correction in the Capital, whilst more locally, something a little more subdued.

My Prediction…

Hindsight is always better than foresight and predicting anything economic is all well and good when you know what is around the corner. At least we have the Brexit divorce settlement sorted and, as the UK economy and the UK housing market are intertwined, it all depends on how we deal as a Country with the Brexit issue. However, we have been through the global financial crisis reasonably intact … I am sure we can get through this together as well?

So, what about house prices in Burton over the next 12 months? I believe they will end up between 0.6% lower and 0.8% higher, so, not a massive change, although it will probably be a bumpy ride to get to those sorts of figures.

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