CEBR predicts UK property prices will rise by 4% this year
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) recently released its view on the UK property market which would appear to be in direct conflict with a number of downbeat statements issued by other economic bodies last week. The CEBR believes that UK property prices will rise by around 4% this year and continue to increase until the end of 2014 due in essence to the short supply of properties on the market.
This is the first time we have heard any upbeat news with regards to the UK property market for some time and indeed would seem to conflict with the general opinion that the UK property sector is headed for a double dip recession. Whether or not this upbeat forecast will materialise in the short to medium term remains to be seen but thankfully there would appear to be at least a little hope on the horizon.
As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, the UK property sector is central to the UK economy due to the fact that many individuals have the bulk of their finances tied up in the sector. Any downturn in the UK property sector would obviously have a detrimental impact on the economy but on the flipside of the coin, any improvement in sentiment regarding the UK property sector could well lead to more optimism about the UK economy in the short to medium term.
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