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Housing-Market / UK Housing Jun 10, 2011 - 01:02 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe UK housing market depression continues as Labours election bounce has long since evaporated, many home owners relieved that the house price crash had stopped during early 2009 had put their plans to sell on the back burner as they envisaged a return to the 'norm' of rising house prices, this expectation continued even after the coalition government took office and announced unprecedented spending cuts and tax rises during mid 2010, and scheduled to start from April 2011.


Potential sellers who held off from selling during the election bounce of 2010, will have increasingly been alarmed by the return of falling house prices during late 2010 and into 2011, which especially has had wide regional variations in trend which is in line with local economies that are reliant on the public sector which encompasses most of the UK outside of the South East and especially cities in the North of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

UK Home Sellers Inflated Asking Prices - Sheffield Example

However as the following analysis illustrates, most sellers are making the same mistake today that was made during the housing market crash of 2007-2009 in that asking prices for houses for sale are far above the market valuations for their properties, the result of this is for home owners to effectively chase house prices lower as they are forced to cut prices in response to falling house prices and thus in the end delaying sales as well as receiving far less than they would have originally sold their properties for if they had attached more realistic values in the first place.

This analysis is for the North England city of Sheffield where the asking prices of 300 properties out of approx 2,500 properties for sale during the month of May 2011 were analysed against valuations obtained from a number of free property valuation sites.

The analysis concludes in an overall overvaluation of asking prices of approx 13%, which is inline with what was typical during the boom years. However the average masks wide variations between areas of the city that range between properties being typically 6% over valued against 21% over valued. The over valuations where not related to either wealthier or poorer areas but rather a mix of both.

Conclusions

1. One possible reason why over valuations and realistic valuations tend to cluster by area's is because home sellers tend to look at what price others in an area are also selling for.

2. There may be greater competition in overvalued areas between estate agents for business therefore a tendency to give properties higher valuations so as to secure business and shut out other agents, then a few months down the road when properties have failed to sell ask clients to cut asking prices.

Sellers

The net result is that grossly over valued properties will fail to sell, and thus sellers risk chasing the market ever lower remaining just out of reach of buyers interest. Therefore sellers need to get multiple valuations to get a more realistic price and if their property fails to attract any interest to not delay in cutting their price by as much as 10% or more so as to attract buyer interest. Else you risk wishing you had cut earlier and thus obtained a higher final sale price.

Buyers

If buying do your research, look at what similar previous properties actually sold for in the area you are targeting. If a house looks fairly priced compared against others in the area then ensure that there is not a reason why it differs in price, which may be due to issues such as the property is leasehold instead of freehold, or that there is an issue for instance with flooding.

Expand your analysis of house prices city wide so that you can appreciate if areas are over or fairly valued as there is a tendency for over valuations to cluster in areas as sellers tend to price according to what other sellers in an area are expecting to achieve.

This analysis shows that properties tend to be over valued by an average of 13%, therefore you should aim for initial offers to be at least 10% below the asking price in most cases for cities such as Sheffield.

Implications for House Prices

Confirms existing conclusion for a continuing depression with prices drifting lower towards new bear market lows due to over hang of supply as many sellers repeat the mistake of not valuing their property inline with what the market will bear.

UK House Prices Trend Forecast

This analysis forms part of series that aims to conclude towards a multi-year trend forecast for UK house prices that aims to replicate the accuracy of past analysis (more than 150 housing market analysis articles) and concluding trend forecasts as illustrated by the first graph, including the original forecast made right at the very peak of the UK housing market in August 2007:

22 Aug 2007 - UK Housing Market Crash of 2007 - 2008 and Steps to Protect Your Wealth

The UK Housing market is expected to decline by at least 15% during the next 2 years. Despite the 2012 Olympics, London is expected to fall as much as 25%. UK Interest rates are either at or very near a peak, as there is an increasingly diminishing chance of a further rise in October 2007. After which UK interest rates should be cut as the UK housing market declines targeting a rate of 5% during the second half of 2008. The implications for this are that the UK economy is heading for sharply lower growth for 2008.

Last In-depth Analysis / Forecast -03 Sep 2010 - UK House Prices and GDP Growth Trends Analysis

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Conclusion - GDP Growth trend analysis points to a continuing depression in the UK housing market for the next 3-4 years, with the most probable outcome being for a gradual shallow drift lower in prices over the next 1-2 years (6-12%), followed by a further 1-2 years of base building.

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By Nadeem Walayat

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Copyright © 2005-2011 Marketoracle.co.uk (Market Oracle Ltd). All rights reserved.

Nadeem Walayat has over 25 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis focuses on UK inflation, economy, interest rates and housing market. He is the author of three ebook's - The Inflation Mega-Trend; The Interest Rate Mega-Trend and The Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update 2011 that can be downloaded for Free.

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Comments

Christel
10 Jun 11, 10:08
DOX

Nadeem,

Is this a good buy point for the DOW ?

Looking at your chart at page 49 of the e-book I would think so.

Christel


Tony
10 Jun 11, 22:47
Christel

Christel, i think now that the QE2 tap is being turned off, you should see the DOW heading south.


Jeff
11 Jun 11, 06:42
Offer price on property

Based on your article, it is appropriate to offer 20% less than the asking price? Or 30% less? (-20% unrealistic asking price, -10% as people always offer lower than a proper asking price).


Nadeem_Walayat
11 Jun 11, 11:48
offers on properties

as always the equation at play is how much does one want the property, if it's ones dream house than to secure it perhaps one should not play russian roulettem, whereas on second or third choices one could offer 10% or less.

Remember sellers are not mentally geared towards accepting very low offers, instead will fall into the trap of chasing house prices ever lower.

Best

NW


jonnysingapore
12 Jun 11, 18:36
house prices and interest rates

Hi Nadeem.

Do you see interest rate rises further affecting house prices over the rest of the parliament?

Guess I was expecting a lot more pessimism with your IR forecast removing affordability on top of inflation effects.


Paul
13 Jun 11, 16:47
House price websites

What websites do you use to get the house price valuations in the UK? Thanks.


Nadeem_Walayat
13 Jun 11, 18:30
house valuations

I mostly use Zoopla, (ignore valuations which the home owner has bought)


K Bains
15 Jun 11, 10:36
Have you also included inflation in the HP Figures

Hi Nadeem

So am I right in thinking that house prices will decrease by 6%-12%, in nominal terms, over the next year and inflation will also eat our buying power?? so effectively it will make the decrese even bigger??

Thankyou for your responce

Kuli


Nadeem_Walayat
15 Jun 11, 19:09
UK House Prices

Hi

This is just the first analysis of a series, with a view to coming to a detailed trend conclusion, hopefully within the next 5 weeks.

The 6-12% projection is of Sept 2010 (last series of analysis).

My next analysis will specifically look at inflation and house prices, due by the weekend.

Best

NW


jonnysingapore
20 Jun 11, 10:57
uk private debt levels

Hi Nadeem.

the obr are predicting private debt to rise from £1.5trillion to over £2trillion as part of their growth forecasts - yes, the ones that continue to be revised down.

I was gobsmacked by this projection thinking that we had mass debt saturation. Do you have an opinion on it from your forecasting? Is it likely or even possible?

I couldn't work out if it was a by product of inflation, or rising interest rates or a strengthening economy giving confidence?

surely such debt would not be stimulating, but a real brake on growth?

thx. really look forward to your work.


Paul_B
21 Jun 11, 03:46
house prices

I reckon sellers are bouyed up by their own self-delusion. All the time they have a house for sale at (over-valued) price x., they can kid themselves into believing they are better off than they really are. It's clearly a huge temptation for sellers to do this as it makes them *feel* wealthier. Of course, reality eventually prevails (as it always does) and like you say, these delusional sellers will end up much worse off by their refusal to accept a realistic, lower price at the outset. The increase in asking prices we are seeing is based on Pollyanna, pie-in-the-sky valuations, not as a consequence of increased demand or interest. Most of these homes will simply not sell.


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