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My Personal View Of The UK Property Market

Rebuilding confidence won't be easy ...

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 18/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

We've all read the headlines about the UK property market falling at the fastest rate since 2009 and whether we're heading for a post-Brexit meltdown. Experts even predict that coronavirus will cause house prices to fall by as much as 10 percent this year ...

Rebuilding the UK property market won't be easy, but it looks like it may be turning a corner!

Rebuilding the UK property market won't be easy, but it looks like it may be turning a corner!

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But the UK property market has crashed before and, of course, slowly recovered so is it different now because the country is tackling Covid-19 and the Brexit negotiations?

"House prices are certainly governed by supply versus demand!"

Over the last few years supply has not been able to match demand, which pushes prices up. The UK builders appear to be ready to build again, but there are signs of caution with a lot less speculative building. So, although supply is there, it is currently being subdued with a lack of confidence.

However, demand is certainly taking a knock as confidence ebbs away in people's personal financial situation. This is not surprising with businesses unable to trade and 8 million-plus workers on furlough with the threat of redundancy.

I have used the word confidence twice now and that is the key. How do we get it back? I have two top tips for Rishi Sunak, our Chancellor of the Exchequer:

  1. Suspend stamp duty for the rest of the tax year, not just for the first-time buyer, but for all. When you move house you often get caught up in a chain and we want everyone in that chain to be able to move. That chain could include properties at both ends of the housing market.

  2. Extend the help to buy scheme. Mortgage companies, because of the threat of prices coming down, are lending less against the property value. To give confidence back to the first time buyer struggling to find that deposit, we can help them out more.

Rebuilding confidence won't be easy. It may take time, but it will come back in my view, so please don't despair. The United Kingdom is, and always has been, resilient and we can certainly ride out the storm.

Zoopla and Rightmove are already reporting a significant upturn of new instructions and viewings so it looks like the UK property market may be turning a corner.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.