UK House Asking Prices Break Above £300k! Housing Market ParalysisHousing-Market / UK Housing Mar 23, 2016 - 05:47 AM GMT
Apparently according Rightmove average UK house asking prices (for England & Wales) have now breached the £300k price level for the first time ever, currently standing at £303,190 against Februarys 299,287. And for comparison the previous bull market peak was £236k, whilst asking prices bottomed out in 2009 at £215k and where most of the surge higher has come during the past 3 years, a rise of 24%.
Furthermore rightmove states: "Momentum spreads north and west with six out of ten regions setting record price highs this month"
This is inline with my conclusions of 4 months ago as illustrated by the following 2 pieces of analysis on regional and London house prices.
UK Regional House Prices Analysis
Drivers of London House Prices for the next 3 years and beyond:
Though of course rightmove is commenting on ASKING prices, which is not the same as what houses actually SELL for. The most recent Halifax average house prices (NSA) data for February 2016 is £206,320 which is a far cry from Rightmove's headlines grabbing £303k that stands at an over £90k difference between average house prices and asking prices. In fact the gap between asking prices and sold prices is now at its highest ever this century! Which is indicative of a housing market in a state pf paralysis as a consequence of the lack of supply vs huge demand pressure given the huge gap between what buyers are willing to pay / can afford, and what home owners fantasise about their homes being worth.
And there is no sign to the end of this paralysis because the Bank of England imposed rules in 2014 to reduce the risks of another mortgage lending led banking sector collapse so as to prevent future Northern Rocks or RBS, or Halifax, well virtually where every bank stood in 2008. Which means the amount lenders can lend over 4.5X earnings is limited to 15% which means as house prices rise the Banks are forced to reduce the number of high multiple loans they are able to offer so as to stick to the 15% limit.
In terms of the prospects for UK house prices, it is now over 2 years and 2 months since excerpted analysis and the concluding 5 year trend forecast from the then forthcoming UK Housing Market ebook was published:
UK House Prices Forecast 2014 to 2018 - Conclusion
This forecast is based on the non seasonally adjusted Halifax House prices index that I have been tracking for over 25 years. The current house prices index for November 2013 is 174,671, with the starting point for the house prices forecast being my interim forecast as of July 2013 and its existing trend forecast into Mid 2014 of 187,000. Therefore this house prices forecast seeks to extend the existing forecast from Mid 2014 into the end of 2018 i.e. for 5 full years forward.
My concluding UK house prices forecast is for the Halifax NSA house prices index to target a trend to an average price of £270,600 by the end of 2018 which represents a 55% price rise on the most recent Halifax house prices data £174,671, that will make the the great bear market of 2008-2009 appear as a mere blip on the charts as the following forecast trend trajectory chart illustrates:
UK average house prices (£206,320) are currently showing a 5% deviation against the forecast trend trajectory, which if it continued to persist then in terms of the long-term trend forecast for a 55% rise in average UK house prices by the end of 2018 would translate into a 13% reduction in the forecast outcome to approx a 42% rise by the end of 2018.
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