Property Matters: What’s Happening In The UK Property Market? June 2024

May 29th, 2024

With headlines in the news about stagnating house prices and rising mortgage rates, May has been a challenging month, with the cost-of-living crisis still biting homeowners. However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Owning a home is still beneficial, offering long-term living and financial stability.

General Election News!

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that we’re heading to the polls on Thursday, July 4th, 2024. This forthcoming general election could bring some stability to the property market, which is great news for buyers and sellers who’ve been dealing with a shaky few months. With inflation nearing the Bank of England’s target and a potential interest rate drop on the horizon, things are looking up. Expect a busy second half of the year for property deals!

How Can First Time Buyers Get on the Property Ladder?

The end of April saw the release of the BSA (Building Societies Association) report which confirmed that first-time buyers currently face the most challenging conditions in seven decades to get onto the property ladder, with an increasing reliance on the Bank of Mum and Dad, or having two high incomes.

The report highlights that home ownership among young adults has been declining for twenty years but, while saving enough money to put down a deposit has long been difficult, the squeeze has been tightened in recent months because of mortgage interest rate increases.

It’s not hard to see why more young people are opting to move back in with their parents, with this now being the most commonly reported living arrangement for those aged 18-34. This is in stark contrast to the figures for 1997 which showed that those in the same age bracket were most likely to be living as a couple with children!

Many first-time buyers are undeterred though, with recent Bank of England figures showing that over the past three years, over a million mortgages extending beyond the state pension age of the borrower have been taken out. Many of those loans have been approved for applicants under the age of 30 as high mortgage rates lead people to opt for extended repayment periods to keep their costs affordable.

Twice the number of homeowners under 30s with ultra-long mortgages can be seen today when compared with two years ago, while the number of under 40s has also seen a 30% increase. It’s also clear that first-time buyers are adapting to higher borrowing costs by targeting smaller, more affordable properties. This adjustment is helping to maintain activity levels in the market with a steady flow of new buyers entering the market.?

Base Rate Held at 5.25% – Good News or Bad News?

The Bank of England most recently held the base rate at 5.25%, despite predictions that there would be a cut.

Meanwhile, three of the UK’s top lenders announced they would be raising their rates on fixed deal mortgages. NatWest, Santander, and Nationwide are the latest three to follow their rivals who increased mortgage rates after expectations about the speed and extent of Bank of England interest rate cuts were scaled back. That’s the bad news!

However, a rate cut is expected, followed by further cuts later in the year. That’s the good news!

Did You Know?

This year we are already seeing increased demand for sustainable homes. Energy-efficient features and eco-friendly designs are becoming more sought-after, alongside smart security, energy management tools and automated heating systems.

What Next?

We are delighted to bring you our property market updates each month. If you are thinking of selling your property in Birmingham then get in touch with Dean Coleman Powered by eXp. I would love to hear from you. Email dean.coleman@exp.uk.com or call 07581 875215. I’m looking forward to helping you achieve your next move.

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June 2024 Birmingham Property Market Update