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Property Asking Prices Collapse In NovemberProperty Prices Rise At Fastest Rate For 6 Years…Or do they?

The asking price of property is supposed to be rising at the fastest rate for over 6 years, according to Rightmove, however, asking prices actually dropped by 2.4% during October, all but wiping out September’s 2.8% gain. This is the third dip in property prices in 2013.

UK property owners have raised the asking price for their properties by 4% compared to this time last year, marking the biggest annual rise in residential property prices since the financial crisis and property crash hit in 2007.

The average asking price that UK vendors want for residential property now averages around £246,237 (GBP), according to Rightmove, compared to £252,418 (GBP) in October.

It is worth pointing out that residential property asking prices usually fall by approximately 3% in November ahead of the festive season traditional slowdown.

So with residential property asking prices falling by just 2.4% in November suggests that the recent upturn in housing market activity will cushion the predictable seasonal drop.

Rightmove say that buyers still have a wide choice of property types to choose from as the UK property market is holding up relatively well for first-time buyers, as the number of flats and terraced properties on the market has declined more slowly than the number of detached and semi-detached properties this month.

Property prices in the East Midlands were 7.4% higher than they were in 2012, averaging £168,873 (GBP), outpacing property price rises in London.

The average asking price for a residential property in London is over three times greater than property values currently are in the East Midlands and asking prices in London have risen by 6.9% year-on-year, to reach a typical average value of £517,276 (GBP).

In fact residential property asking prices have increased across most UK regions apart from in the North, where residential property prices have dipped by 0.5% annually to average just £141,426 (GBP).

Property prices in Wales dropped by the smallest amount, down by 0.4% to reach a typical average of £165,110 (GBP), while desperate property vendors in London have dropped residential property asking prices by as much as 5% since October.

Rightmove said that traffic to its website has increased 30% in the last 12 months, a sure sign of growing demand from would-be property buyers. The property portal also said that the stock of unsold residential properties has fallen from an average of 71 per estate agency branch one year ago to 67.

Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside, said: “Estate agents expect a more buoyant 2014 as they pick up early signs of an increase in buyer interest and demand, so this side of Christmas could be the time for eager property buyers to hunt out keen property vendors and strike a deal. However, agents’ challenges differ wildly depending on local market conditions. While some are really concerned about future sales because of a lack of fresh vendors, others report vendors getting too brave too early on their asking price aspirations in less active parts of the country, potentially stifling a property market recovery before it has got going.”

The infographic below shows the increase and decreases in residential property asking prices in November 2013 compared to October.

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Source: Rightmove.co.uk

 

Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

Rightmove Think London Property Prices Are Unsustainable

London Property Prices Increase
More Than 10% In October

Average UK property prices increased by 2.8% across the country in October, however property price rises in London are going through the roof and are unsustainable, according to property portal Rightmove

London property prices increased by £50,484 (GBP) equivalent to a 10.2% increase in October, after two consecutive monthly falls in the price of properties marketed.

Property prices in the Capital had fallen by -2.8% and -1.5% in August and September respectively, and the double digit price increases reported in October has analysts worried about the volatility and sustainability of the London property market.

The huge rise in London property prices has been attributed to corresponding factors;

  • Lack of supply of residential properties coming to market
  • Overseas investment in new build properties by foreign property investors

October’s strong recovery means London property prices are now 5.6% or £28,852(GBP) up on July’s all-time high of £515,379 (GBP), pushing the year-on-year increase in London to +13.8% or £66,161(GBP).

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UK Property Prices Up £7,000 In Four WeeksUK Property Prices Hit 2008 Peak Values

UK property prices have jumped up £7,000 (GBP) in a month as UK property market activity picks up.

The huge increase in property values over the last four weeks is confirmation that the UK is enjoying another property boom.

The £1,750 weekly uplift puts the price of a typical residential three-bedroom semi detached property at £252,418 (GBP), according to popular property portal, Rightmove.

The biggest increase in property prices was recorded in London where new vendors have added an extra £50,484 (GBP) to average residential property asking prices this month, however property prices in the nation’s capital are over inflated compared to the rest of the UK.

The rise in UK property prices is being driven by first-time buyers and second step buyers following the introduction of the Government’s Help-To-Buy mortgage scheme.

Fears of a housing bubble have also been eased as the number of new property vendors entering the property market has also increased by 8%, however property shortages have driven up property prices in some UK regions.

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Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Various residential property indices published by banks and mortgage lenders have shown that UK house prices have been increasing for some months, however the latest survey from Rightmove shows that property asking prices have actually declined over the summer although it is predicting an autumn surge in uk property prices.

The Rightmove report says that there was a summer  slowdown in residential property prices as discretionary sellers were distracted by the heat-wave and have been waiting to market their properties.

Those property vendors who were unwilling to wait had priced properties more aggressively and asked an average of £3,704 (GBP) equivalent to 1.5% less for their property in August compared with the previous month’s asking prices.

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Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

UK property values increase for seventh month in a row

UK property values have reached a new five year high, according to property portal, Rightmove, who revised their forecast of UK residential property values, and now reckon that residential property prices will increase to double their previous property value forecast for 2013.

As Spotlight reported last week, residential property values have already increased by 0.3% to average £253,658 (GBP), and now Rightmove reckon property values will now climb by up to 4% this year instead of the 2% previously predicted. However, it wasn’t good news for the whole country as residential property prices in London remained unchanged, holding at a record average of £515,379 (GBP).

The economic incentives introduced by the Government and the Bank of England (BoE) to increase overall lending and credit supply has boosted the demand for residential property ownership from first time buyers.

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The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have stated that UK mortgage lending hit a two-year high in August 2012.

Mortgage availability has been increasing since an £80 Billion (GBP) funding for lending scheme was launched at the start of August 2012, although much of this has only been made available to residential property buyers with deposits of at least 20%.

Mortgage lenders toughened borrowing criteria following the credit crunch and many estate agents are still reporting that residential and Buy to let mortgages are no easier to obtain, with lenders picking through every detail of all applications.

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said increase in asking prices “is most likely attributable to the continued shortage of new property supply. Sellers need to be mindful that the window of opportunity to sell before the traditional winter slowdown is a narrow one, and they risk being left out in the cold for months until the spring market thaw. In addition, estate agents are reporting that mortgages are still no easier to obtain, with risk-averse lenders nit-picking every detail of the mortgage application paperwork, even from buyers who seem squeaky clean.”

Rightmove said its own research has found that fewer than 40% of would-be buyers would arrange to visit a property they believe to be over-priced, even if it matches their criteria.

Asking Prices Same As Five Years Ago Say Rightmove

Property values at 2007 prices

Property values at 2007 prices!

The property portal Rightmove have reported that property asking prices on their website have dropped for the third month in a row.

The average asking price of a property new to the market in September is now £234,858 (GBP), down from the average value of £236,260 (GBP) in August, falling £1,402 (GBP).

  • New property instructions coming to market are on average £11,000 (GBP) cheaper than they were three months ago.
  • Despite the 0.6% monthly drop in property valuations, asking prices are still 0.7% ahead of last year.
  • Property asking prices are similar to those wanted five years ago.

In September 2007, the same month as the Northern Rock debacle started and the beginning of the UK financial crisis, UK property values averaged £235,176 (GBP).

Miles Shipside, housing market analyst at Rightmove, said: “This year’s extended summer holiday period has left new sellers’ asking prices almost the same as a year ago and, intriguingly, five years ago too.  In truth, the state of the housing market is little different now to this time last year, and prices have stagnated as neither buyers or sellers have been forced to change their behaviour in sufficient quantities to stimulate greater activity. However, back in 2007, few would have believed that house prices would still be the same in five years’ time. This would have been in the context of the previous five-year period to 2007 seeing an average rise of 55%. Equally hard to predict would be the extreme changes the housing market has undergone. While the average new seller’s asking price has remained virtually the same since September 2007, market conditions are much changed. They are patchy and localised and vary markedly for the many different buyer and seller segments.”

According to Mr Shipside the credit crunch winners included home owners in London, where prices have shot up 18.7% in the last five years to stand at £456,237, and cash-rich house buyers.

Credit crunch losers included people in the North, those trying to down-size to release equity for retirement, people with insufficient equity or in negative equity who were unable to fund their next move, and tenants forced to rent as they want to buy but are unable to realistically save for a deposit.

Rightmove asking prices are still far higher than Land Registry, Nationwide and Halifax property prices

  • Halifax is currently quoting the average property value for August as £160,256 (GBP)
  • Nationwide reckon the average property value for August is £164,729 (GBP)
  • Land Registry show the average property value at £162,900 (GBP) for July.

Residential Property Values Have Fallen 2.4% So Far This Month.

UK property prices fall attracting even more property investors with finance

UK property prices fall attracting even more property investors with finance

Residential property values have fallen by a record amount so far this month, according to a new study by the property portal Rightmove.

The latest Rightmove House Price Index, released on 20th August, revealed that the cost of residential property has fallen by £5,837in August 2012.

This represents a drop of 2.4% in overall property value, greater than the average 1.1% decline observed in property values for the corresponding month over the last decade and is indicative of an aggressive stance from property vendors who are getting more desperate to sell.

Property investors with finance could cash in, if the financial pressures keep increasing on struggling home owners, who are desperate to sell in order to pay off debts.

Miles Shipside, Director at Rightmove, said: “The number of new sellers is slightly up on the same period last year, though perhaps as a reflection of their urgency to sell.”

Rightmove also revealed that more than 120,000 properties have been listed on the market since the beginning of August 2012, an increase of 0.4% on the same month in 2011.

Online property portal, Rightmove states that it has recorded a drop in the average asking price for residential property this month, the first significant fall since January 2012.

Average UK residential property prices have fallen by 1.7%, a drop of around £4,138 (GBP),

The demand for residential property has been low due to a number of factors:

  • Euro 2012
  • The weather, deterring potential buyers from viewing properties,
  • The Olympics, for distracting people’s focus away from moving.

Righmove said that there were twice as many people trying to sell a property than those trying to buy one, with each branch of the agency having an average of 75 residential properties that they were unable to sell.

The company warned property vendors that further asking price cuts could be necessary to secure a sale.

Director of Rightmove Miles Shipside, said: “The fact that we have not seen major price falls in the UK and that many areas are not awash with ‘For Sale’ boards may lead some sellers to be over-optimistic with their pricing. New seller numbers may be down some 30% on the period prior to credit-crunch, but the numbers achieving a successful sale are down by half and average unsold stock levels are creeping up.”

The West Midlands was the only region in England and Wales where prices increased in July compared with the previous month – with asking prices up 2% to £191,121.

In contrast, residential property prices dropped most in London, compared with the previous month, with a fall of 3.6% to £460,304.

Private Rental Sector (PRS) Tenants are finding Buy To Let rents are unaffordable as many are handing over more than half of their take home pay to keep a roof over their heads according to the property website – Rightmove.

The average pay to rent ratio across the UK is 38% – but up to a 1 million of the country’s 3.4 million Private Rented Sector tenants are paying much more, say the online property portal.

Tenants paying out the most rent from their pay packets:

  • South East – 41%
  • London – 40%

Paying the least rent from gross wages:

  • Scotland – 35%
  • North East – 36%

Some tenants pay even more – with 16% in London and 19% in the South East forking out 60% of their net income.

Despite demand far outpacing the number of properties available to rent, Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside reckons tenants cannot afford to pay any more.

Searches for buy to let properties have soared by 43% in the past 12 months, while the number of properties to rent has only nudged up by 3% according to Rightmove’s latest quarterly consumer confidence report.

61% of tenants and 47% of landlords predict higher rents in the next 12 months, but 43% of landlords expect rents to hold steady.

Mr Shipside said: “While the rental bubble is unlikely to deflate as there is no readily acceptable alternative to the rented roof, it does appear to be approaching a limit in some areas. Agents report that the seemingly incessant demand is causing rental price pressure to spill over into other previously less sought-after areas and some tenants are attempting to negotiate lower rent. This is a clear sign that rents may be hitting an affordability ceiling in some locations. It is an early warning of some overheating and, as well as raising demand in cheaper locations, it will force some to find alternatives such as stay with parents or squeeze more people into smaller spaces.”

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