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Prices to fall and activity to slump

Tight supply has supported house prices so far, but they now appear to be stalling. Demand will only deteriorate further over the coming quarters as rising mortgage rates, high inflation, and the recession weigh on buyers’ budgets and confidence. While a more robust labour market and lower peak in interest rates than during previous corrections should help limit the damage, we expect house prices to fall by 7% over the next two years. Mortgage approvals and transactions are also set to slump to their lowest levels for over a decade.

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