Brexit likely to affect UK housing market

Brexit likely to affect UK housing market
19/07/2016 , by , in INTERNATIONAL

Caution is likely to affect sales in the mainstream housing market in the UK as a result of the decision to leave the European Union but low interest rates will underpin prices, according to a new analysis.

The market is seeing initial caution, particularly among discretionary buyers, and this likely to curtail housing market activity as buyers’ willingness to commit to a major purchase weakens.

Over the medium term, the analysis from real estate firm Savills, suggests that sentiment will improve but also fluctuate as negotiations to leave the EU proceed. It also suggests that buyer sentiment is likely to lead to lower sales volumes in the short term.

Also, the possibility of tighter lending could pull transactions numbers further down from recent UK highs of 1.3 million a year. ‘However, at this stage, we do not expect sales volumes to decline to post credit crunch lows,’ said Lucian Cook, director of residential research as Savills.

The report points out that so far it has been business as usual for lending. ‘Should downside risks persist, there is a possibility that lenders tighten lending criteria. If stricter borrowing rules come into play, first time buyers and second steppers will be the most affected,’ Cook explained.

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