Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. 2019 From A Fourth Turning Perspective - James_Quinn
2.Beware the Young Stocks Bear Market! - Zeal_LLC
3.Safe Havens are Surging. What this Means for Stocks 2019 - Troy_Bombardia
4.Most Popular Financial Markets Analysis of 2018 - Trump and BrExit Chaos Dominate - Nadeem_Walayat
5.January 2019 Financial Markets Analysis and Forecasts - Nadeem_Walayat
6.Silver Price Trend Analysis 2019 - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Why 90% of Traders Lose - Nadeem_Walayat
8.What to do With Your Money in a Stocks Bear Market - Stephen_McBride
9.Stock Market What to Expect in the First 3~5 Months of 2019 - Chris_Vermeulen
10.China, Global Economy has Tipped over: The Surging Dollar and the Rallying Yen - FXCOT
Last 7 days
The US Interest Rate Hawks Surrender - 22nd Jan 19
The Specialist Lending Renaissance - 22nd Jan 19
The 5 Rules of Real Estate Investment - 22nd Jan 19
Semiconductor Sector – Watch the Early Bird in 2019 - 21st Jan 19
From ASEAN Economic Development to Militarization - 21st Jan 19
Will China Surprise The Us Stock Market? - 21st Jan 19
Tips to Keep Your Finances Healthy in 2019 and Beyond - 21st Jan 19
Tips for Writing Assignment in Hurry - 21st Jan 19
UK House Prices, Immigration, and Population Growth Mega Trend Forecast - 21st Jan 19
REMAIN Parliament to Subvert BrExit with Peoples Vote FIXED 2nd EU Referendum - 21st Jan 19
Pay Attention To The Russell Stocks Index and Financial Sectors - 20th Jan 19
Hyperinflation - Zimbabwe's Monetary Death Spiral - 20th Jan 19
Stock Market Counter-trend Extends - 20th Jan 19
The News About Fake News Is Fake - 20th Jan 19
Stock Market Bull Trap? January 22 Top Likely - 19th Jan 19
After the Crash, the Stock Market Made a V-shaped Recovery. What’s Next - 19th Jan 19
David Morgan: Expect Stagflation and Silver Outperformance in 2019 - 19th Jan 19
Why Brampton Manor Academy State School 41 Oxbridge Offers is Nothing to Celebrate! - 19th Jan 19
REMAIN Parliament Prepares to Subvert BrExit with Peoples Vote FIXED 2nd EU Referendum - 19th Jan 19
Gold Surges on Stock Selloff - 18th Jan 19
Crude Oil Price Will Find Strong Resistance Between $52~55 - 18th Jan 19
Stock Market’s Medium Term is No Longer Bullish. It is Now Mixed - 18th Jan 19
SPX and Gold; Pivotal Points at Hand - 18th Jan 19
Fable Media Launches New GoWin Online Casino Affiliate Site in UK - 18th Jan 19
The End of Apple! - 18th Jan 19
Debt, Division, Dysfunction, and the March to National Bankruptcy - 18th Jan 19
Creating the Best Office Space - 18th Jan 19
S&P 500 at Resistance Level, Downward Correction Ahead? - 17th Jan 19
Mauldin: My 2019 Economic Outlook - 17th Jan 19
Macro Could Weaken After US Government Shutdown. What This Means for Stocks - 17th Jan 19
US Stock Market Indexes Reaches Fibonacci Target Zone – Where to Next? - 17th Jan 19
How 2018 Was For The UK Casino Industry - 17th Jan 19
Gold Price – US$700 Or US$7000? - 16th Jan 19
Commodities Are the Right Story for 2019 - 16th Jan 19
Bitcoin Price Wavers - 15th Jan 19
History Shows That “Disruptor Stocks” Will Make You the Most Money in a Bear Market - 15th Jan 19
What Will the Stock Market Do Around Earnings Season - 15th Jan 19
2018-2019 Pop Goes The Debt Bubble - 15th Jan 19
Are Global Stock Markets About To Rally 10 Percent? - 15th Jan 19
Here's something to make you money in 2019 - 15th Jan 19
Theresa May to Lose by Over 200 Votes as Remain MP's Plot Subverting Brexit - 15th Jan 19
Europe is Burning - 14th Jan 19
S&P 500 Bounces Off 2,600, Downward Reversal? - 14th Jan 19
Gold A Rally or a Bull Market? - 14th Jan 19
Gold Stocks, Dollar and Oil Cycle Moves to Profit from in 2019 - 14th Jan 19
How To Profit From The Death Of Las Vegas - 14th Jan 19
Real Reason for Land Rover Crisis is Poor Quality of Build - 14th Jan 19
Stock Market Looking Toppy! - 13th Jan 19
Liquidity, Money Supply, and Insolvency - 13th Jan 19
Top Ten Trends Lead to Gold Price - 13th Jan 19
Silver: A Long Term Perspective - 13th Jan 19
Trump's Impeachment? Watch the Stock Market - 12th Jan 19
Big Silver Move Foreshadowed as Industrial Panic Looms - 12th Jan 19
Gold GDXJ Upside Bests GDX - 12th Jan 19
Devastating Investment Losses Are Coming: What Is Your Advisor Doing About It? - 12th Jan 19
Things to do Before Choosing the Right Credit Card - 12th Jan 19
Japanese Yen Outlook In 2019 - 11th Jan 19
Yield curve suggests that US Recession is near: Trading Setups - 11th Jan 19

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

UK House Prices, Immigration, and Population Growth Trend Forecast

Why UK House prices continue to rise !

Housing-Market / UK Housing Oct 14, 2006 - 07:52 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market

For how many years have the market commentators been predicting a UK housing crash ? 1 year, 2 years, 5 years ? Yes in some cases even 5 years ago market pundits have been calling a crash, but in the meantime house prices, to this very day continue to rise ever higher !

Why ?

Here are four reasons as to why house prices in the UK continue to rise

Why UK House prices continue to rise !


1. Average Earnings / House prices & Interest Rates
Traditionally, average earnings and house prices have been taken together to produce an affordability ratio, this ratio has clearly in recent years shown itself to be flawed ! Fundamentally flawed. In that the ratio ignored historically low interest rates as a function of earnings and house prices. A more accurate indicator would need to include interest rates, and therefore MarketOracle has constructed a new house price to earnings ratio which includes interest rates.

The indicator accurately shows why house prices have continued to rise, as they are no where near the un affordability of the early 1990's, off course the index could be extended to include other variables, such as the level of new build construction, growth in households, employment levels etc. So as to fine-tune the trend. But basically in a simple 3 variable chart the MarketOracle House price ratio is able to explain that house prices ARE still affordable and thus the primary reason why they continue to increase.

The chart shows why 2001 was a great time to buy as world interest rates plummet, whilst IN 2001 there were countless economists suggesting that UK house prices were over valued and expensive ! When infract they were at their most affordable level in a generation, and sparked a surge in house price growth.

Presently house prices are at the upper end of the range, which does suggest slower house price growth in the forseable future unless interest rates fall.

An interest rate rise to say 5.25% would put the index at 28, which would take house prices beyond the recent range, but still this is far lower than the high of the early 1990's

2. UK Money Supply
With the UK money supply running at the rate of 13%, its no wonder the housing market continues to defy gravity and chug along the highs. This excess supply of money is causing inflation , its called house price inflation and effectively devaluing the value of your £.

The worlds ultimate hedge against inflation is Gold, and in gold terms the price of Houses have actually fallen over he last few years as inflation reappears onto the scene. In Jan 2005 the price of an average house was £150,000 the price of gold in sterling was £204. Therefore average houses were valued in 735 ounces of gold. Today with gold at £317 and average house prices at £170000, the average house is worth 536 ounces of gold, a fall of 28% !!! So far this fact has had no effect on the UK consumer.

3. The UK Economy
Is a significant factor in the continuing uptrend in UK house prices, the strength of the UK economy which continues to deliver year on year economic growth and wealth, this is an important contributing factor to the growth in house prices as the money earned is invariably plowed back into the housing market.

4.Immigration
As a consequence of recent EU expansion, strong economy and liberal employment laws. There has been a large influx of migrant Labour in excess of 600,000 from the Accession States, this has supported the continuing demand for properties in the buy to let market.

Conclusion
House prices will continue to be supported along the highs and maybe drift higher as long as the situation remains positive with regards all of the four above factors. Even a rise in interest rates to 5.25% is unlikely to effect the situation significantly. It would require an interest rate hike to above 6% before we are likely to witness a significant house price decline, as that would put the index far above the current range.

Nadeem Walayat

(c) MarketOracle.co.uk 2005-2006

Disclaimer - This Analysis / Forecast / Trade Scenerio is provided for general information purposes only and not a solicitation or recommendation to enter into any market position, and you are reminded to seek independent professional advice before entering into any investments or trading positions.
The Market Oracle is a FREE Financial Markets Forecasting & Analysis online publication. We aim to cut through the noise cluttering traditional sources of market analysis and get to the key points of where the markets are at and where they are expected to move to next
! http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

This article maybe reproduced if reprinted in its entirety with links to http://www.marketoracle.co.uk


© 2005-2018 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Comments


30 Oct 06, 03:29
Re: Why UK House prices continue to rise !
What about the £trillion of debt ?

UK unemployment, inflation, mortgage interest rates and and consumer debt are increasing. Other countries that had similar house price explosions haven't recovered from the burst in their bubble (Holland, Japan, Australia).

The crash was already supposed to happen. It's been delayed because:

- UK opened it's immigration doors to the rest of Europe causing skilled middle-upper class professionals to come to London.

- Way too many buy to let amateurs on the market driving up prices at unsunstainable levels. It's only when these amateurs exit the market (as a result of realising there is no more money to be made, and would be better off investing in other asset classes, ie stocks) that the house crash will be triggered.

- Money has been cheap for far too long. People in our generation can only relate to interest rates being in the 4-6 % region. Your parents will be able to tell you how interest rates used to be closer to 20% in their time. Well, interest rates are on the rise.

You can only delay the inevitable for so long
Chethan
11 Aug 08, 01:53
Market Realisation

Hi,

How does this housing market crash can effect on the profesional students from respectable University in their job terms.

Does not the boom(expected)commercial sector balance the UK Real Estate market.

Does not this effect other complementary industries like Steel, Cement, Granite etc

Is Government looking for any remedies to recover from this crisis

I believe the solution for this would be encouraging the hiring of professional students who are from reputed universities who can pool new ideas and thoughts and companies should support the ideas by executing them.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules