Recent Trends and Developments
The UK property market is showing signs of renewed confidence and clarity as we approach the end of the year. The Bank of England’s decision to maintain the interest rate at 5.25% has been perceived as good news, as it suggests a possible peak in the bank rate. Swap rates have also dropped to their lowest since May, indicating that lenders’ borrowing costs are coming down.
Active buyers are demonstrating a sense of urgency, possibly foreseeing a narrowing window for negotiating substantial discounts. Sellers are also showing signs of hesitation to bring new properties to the market, particularly in the prime sector. This could lead to a shortage of supply and push prices up in the coming months.
Significant Legislative Changes
Significant legislative changes are also on the horizon. The government’s announcement in the King’s speech on November 7th about lease reforms will make it easier and cheaper for leasehold property owners to buy their freehold and contest excessive service charges. Additionally, the Renters Reform Bill, likely to be enacted soon, will bring sweeping changes affecting landlords and property investors.
The Autumn Budget on November 22nd could be pivotal in shaping the economy and the UK property market. With a speculated budget surplus of £30 billion, expectations are high for stimulus measures that could rejuvenate the economy, especially in an anticipated election year.
As developments unfold, Albion Financial Advice will continue to provide updates and insights. If you need assistance or bespoke advice regarding your property plans, our team is ready to help. Thank you for tuning into our report.
- The current market size is notably smaller than last year, but active buyers are demonstrating a sense of urgency.
- The trend of falling average house prices has been persistent, as the market adjusts to higher interest rates and living costs.
- UK-wide feedback indicates a hesitation among sellers to bring new properties to the market until the new year.
- The luxury market, reliant on wealthy consumers, has seen a slowdown.
- The prime market rebounds quickest, as evidenced by a recent significant increase in asking prices for high-end homes.
- The Renters Reform Bill, likely to be enacted soon, will bring sweeping changes affecting landlords and property investors.
- The Autumn Budget on November 22nd could be pivotal in shaping the economy and the UK property market.
Founder and mortgage and protection adviser in Albion Financial Advice
Dariusz Karpowicz is a seasoned adviser in the financial services industry. After gaining valuable experience working with an established broker, he founded his own practice, Albion Financial Advice. This firm is dedicated to assisting clients in acquiring properties and advising on various mortgage options. Born and raised in Gdańsk, Poland, Dariusz moved to the United Kingdom in 2006.