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UK Mortgage Approvals Slump and House Prices Register First Fall for Two Years

Housing-Market / UK Housing Oct 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market The Bank of England revealed today that the credit crunch resulted in a sharp drop in mortgage approvals during September 2007, falling to a 2 year low of 102,000 loans down from 108,000 loans in August 2007. The trend is expected to continue as surging repossessions result in more bad debt provisions and hence tighter borrowing requirements going forward. The credit crunch has seen the LIBOR rate (the rate at which Banks lend to one another) surge from 5.4% a year ago to more than 6.5% during September, with little reduction since.


The Council of Mortgage also today announced that they expected 30,000 repossessions this year to rise to 45,000 next year. However the CML has consistently shown itself inept at forecasting repossessions, which in January 2007 was forecasting repossessions of 19,000 this year and just 20,000 during 2008. The Market Oracle forecast is for repressions of 40,000 this year and as high as 80,000 for 2008 which would be more than at the height of the early 1990's housing bust. The CML is forecasting marginal house price increase of 1% next year, against a Market Oracle forecast of a fall.

The impact of the tightening of borrowing requirements in the face of affordability concerns is starting be appear in the housing indices as evident in Hometrack's latest survey showing a 0.1% drop in house prices during October, bringing the annualised rate down to 4.4%. The biggest falls were in London which fell by as much as 0.5%. The critical point will be reached when annualised house price inflation goes negative, which would spark an marked change in sentiment. This event is anticipated to occur in February 2008.

The down-trend in house prices is inline with the Market Oracle forecast as of 22nd August 2007, including the forecast that London would lead the way with larger declines. A crashette, is also expected to coincide with the Capital gains Tax changes due to come in force in April 08, which will trigger a surge in Buy to Let selling.

UK Housing Market Forecast for 2008-09 - As of 22nd August 2007
UK House Prices to fall by 15% over two years, falling prices to be accompanied by cuts in UK interest rates. (22nd Aug 07),
1st May 07 - UK Housing Market Heading for a Property Crash
25th Sep 07 - UK Housing Market on Brink of Price Crash - Media Lessons from 1989!
28th Oct 07 - UK House Prices - Primary Reasons For a Sharp Fall

 

By Nadeem Walayat
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