Will UK property ever be as popular again?
At the height of the boom time for the UK property market it seemed that nobody could lose money and conversely at the bottom of the UK property market it seems that nobody can make money. Investor sentiment is very often based upon short-term trends and many investors can become blinkered with regards to the potential long-term prospects for the UK property market. So will UK property ever be back in vogue?
Without doubt the UK property market, along with other investment markets, will eventually show signs of recovery and investors will soon forget the difficult times we have experienced over the last three years. However, the length of time between the top and bottom of the current economic cycle will be longer than that seen for nearly 100 years and as such investors may take some persuading when the economy finally does recover.
If you look back in time it soon becomes evident that the most successful investors are those who can keep a long-term outlook despite difficult short-term situations. These are the investors who are not scared to make mistakes in the short term but who believe in their long-term strategies and are prepared to "put their money where their mouths are".
Stamp duty holiday approaches conclusion in property market
When the UK government removed the 1% stamp duty on the purchase of homes with a value between £125,000 and £175,000, to inject interest into the marketplace, this was well received by property investors. However, the scheme is set to end on New Year's Eve 2009 with 1% stamp duty to be charged on properties with a value of over £125,000. As a consequence many estate agents are suggesting their...Read More
Is there oversupply in the UK property market?
A number of property surveys in relation to the UK property market have highlighted the fact that the UK market is moving into an "oversupply" situation. When you also take into account that many buyers are now sitting on the sidelines waiting for prices to fall further, the situation could become worse before it gets better. So why have more people decided to sell their property? There is no d...Read More
Is there trouble ahead for the UK property market?
Respected estate agency Savills has this morning delivered a rather downbeat and depressing report on the UK property market suggesting that while 2009 is seen by many as a recovery year, 2010 is likely to see UK property prices soften as the recession continues and economic trouble continues to build. The company believes that UK property prices will fall by 6.6% in 2010 and like so many other pr...Read More
Would a mortgage cap kill the property market?
There is strong talk in the city of a mortgage cap being introduced by the Bank of England with a suggestion that a minimum deposit figure could be as high as 25%. While there is no doubt that introducing a cushion between the value of any property and the funds forwarded from mortgage providers would reduce the chances of a property crash in the future it could also kill the property sector stone...Read More
When will first-time buyers be allowed back onto the property ladder?
Over the last couple of weeks it would appear that UK mortgage approval numbers have been rising, and are in fact at double the number seen in November/December 2008. This would appear to give something of a shine to the UK mortgage market when in reality there is still a lack of realistic deals available first-time buyers and indeed unless deals do appear many may well miss out again. In what...Read More