A tale of two rental markets

While London rents are set to reverse some of the fall of the past year, we doubt the premium of rents in the capital over the national average will return to its pre-virus level. But outside London rental growth is set to accelerate sharply. We are re-sending this UK Housing Update as we are aware that some clients did not receive it via email.
Andrew Wishart Property Economist
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Mortgage Lending (Oct.)

Mortgage approvals remained robust in October after the end of the stamp duty holiday, only easing back into line with their pre-pandemic average. With demand strong, we suspect that mortgage approvals will move back above pre-virus levels in 2022, although limited inventory could be a constraint.

29 November 2021

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300,000 supply target remains out of reach

The most comprehensive statistics on housing supply confirmed that the pause in construction in Q2 2020 caused completions of new homes to drop back. Housebuilding activity has since recovered but materials shortages, the end of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, and a cooling market suggest that the high water mark for new housing supply has already been and gone.

29 November 2021

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Estate agents undoubtedly have a very limited number of homes on the books. But the idea that the lack of supply is due to few homes being put up for sale is a misconception. High numbers of transactions inevitably mean that listings are higher than usual, but they are being outstripped by even stronger demand as large numbers of first-time buyers look for homes.

24 November 2021

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RICS Residential Market Survey (Jun.)

Activity and house prices were extremely strong again in June according to the RICS survey, although there was a distinct softening in the more forward-looking balances. As supply remains limited, we think that house prices will prove resilient to the inevitable dip in transactions after the stamp duty holiday.

8 July 2021

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Halifax House Prices (Jun.)

While we would be wary of reading too much into the small decline in house prices in June reported by Halifax, timely measures of house prices are consistent in pointing to a moderation in house price growth.

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IHS Markit/CIPS Construction PMI (Jun.)

Despite a further deterioration in the availability of building materials, construction output rose at the fastest pace since 1997 in June. That suggests output in the sector is now well above pre-virus levels.

6 July 2021
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