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Housing-Market / UK Housing Jun 24, 2008 - 07:37 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMortgages for home purchases and equity withdrawals continues to slump for May data released by the British Bankers Association, falling to just 27,968 approved loans down from 34,752 for April 08 and down by 56% from a year earlier. These are the worst lending figures since the BBA started recording mortgage data in 1997 and confirms that the UK housing market is trending towards a 1990's style housing market depression.


House price falls continued to accelerate and are on target for a crashette for the quarter April to June 2008. The expectation is that the housing market will move back towards trend for a 15% fall from August 2007 to August 2009. However this will mask falling housing market values in real terms as inflation continues to accelerate higher with the RPI expected to breach 5% and may even peak above 6% early next year.

A series of recent analysis pointed to the strong possibility of the UK housing market to remain depressed for as long as the next ten years as the below graph illustrates that the UK housing market is very sentiment driven, and in many ways exhibits the same sort of behaviour as that of stock market investments moving between extremes of over valuation and undervaluation against the UK's GDP growth trend. The graph clearly implies a trend towards undervaluation which could take as long as 10 years to achieve as the housing market valuations are eroded by nominal house price fall, inflation and GDP growth.

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Comments

Linder
25 Jun 08, 05:37
Real and norminal HOuse Price FALL

Dear Nadeem

I have always enjoy reading your articles about House prices as they have some logical and real fact. But I am struggling to understand it when it comes to real/nominal value. For example, assuming the Average Peak Aug 2007 was £100k, and ifnlation for this year say 5% and 6% for the next year. With a 15% reduction in price, I would be grateful if you could tell me what they would be if one was to buy a property mid 2008 and mid 2009. Your help is much appreciated as this would help me to continue and understand your articles. Best Linder


Nadeem_Walayat
25 Jun 08, 10:19
Real/Nominal House Prices

Hi

I will publishing an article and trackg the real / nominal trends as both are important in determining the state of the housing market.

On a quick answer, 15% fall plus 6% +5% = 21% fall over 2 years on a real-terms basis.

A more accurate method is to calculate on a monthly basis.

Real terms falls are hidden i.e. not reflected in house price indices, but they DO impact on housing market sentiment as the mid to late 1990's witnessed that despite slowly rising prices, people were not eager to buy due to falling or stagnant real-term prices.


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