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Housing-Market / UK Housing Jan 03, 2014 - 01:45 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market

The Coalition government's March 2013 help to buy scheme, the extension of which to all properties rather than just new builds that itself was brought forward to the 1st of October 2013 from 1st of January 2014 has sparked panic buying amongst many thousands of prospective home buyers who had been finding it near impossible to build deposits of 20%-25% that mortgage lenders typically sought in terms of managing risk, however now the same mortgages can be secured with just 5% deposits which on the £600k valuation limit amounts to a huge difference between a previous deposit requirement of £120-£150k against £30k today under the help to buy guarantee scheme.


Three months on and over £1 billion has been committed under the help to buy scheme resulting in EXTRA demand of 6,000 housing market transactions. Whilst academics may argue that the number of extra transactions is relatively small i.e. at about 2000 per month amidst a total of around 70,000 (3%). However what the academics fail to comprehend is that bull and bear markets are made at the margins, and then driven by sentiment. Therefore a marginal increase in demand of 3% per month is enough to generate positive sentiment that gains momentum each month into a full blown house prices boom during 2014.

In an article ahead of the extension I laid out what to expect in terms of the ramping up the housing market into an election boom that at least targets a trend trajectory of 10% per annum during 2014. Especially as the news of the day is also accompanied by another wave of out of control immigration currently under way.

29 Sep 2013 - David Cameron Brings Forward Help to Buy Mortgages, Stoking House Prices Bubble, Election Boom

It's not rocket science, it's actually quite simple: Limited Supply + Quadruple Demand = House Prices Boom!

The strategy in bringing forward of the Help to Buy Scheme for all properties is clearly aimed at building on housing market sentiment towards a trend trajectory of average UK house prices rising at a rate of at least 10% per annum, which is precisely inline with my forecast momentum for UK house prices to be rising by 10% per annum as of October 2014 data, and all the way into Mid 2014.

Yours analyst waiting for the PANIC Buying headlines in the mainstream press. Forget under offers, it's offers OVER for an increasing number of areas of the country as I warned several weeks ago - Final Warning UK House Prices Boom Imminent!

The bottom line is to take this as your final warning for a UK house prices boom as those waiting on the sidelines have only a matter of weeks to act before housing market sentiment responds to a market that is rising at a rate of more than 10% per annum. The days of under offering for good houses in good locations is about to end

David Cameron prompted to respond to help to buy demand news and house price bubble fears replied - "Where we are today, house prices are still way below the peak they reached in 2007. Forecasters do not think they will get back to the level before the crash even in 2019. So there is no evidence of a problem."

Well, if the UK house prices trend pans out as I expect then average house prices will have reached their 2007 highs BEFORE the May 2015 general election and have soared far into the stratosphere by 2019 as I elaborate upon next.

UK House Prices Forecast 2014-2018

My recent in-depth analysis for UK house prices concluded in a detailed trend forecast for the next FIVE years from 2014 to 2018 that house prices target an average gain of 10% per year totaling 55% by the end of 2018 as illustrated below:

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:

Additionally, a video version of excerpts of the forecast analysis is available -

UK House Prices Forecast video

Also ensure to subscribe to my always free newsletter for regular housing market updates as well as FREE download of my New UK Housing Market ebook (available from mid January 2014) which includes the full analysis and many topics beyond forecast analysis such as -

  • A step by step guide of how to buy a house.
  • Analysis of buying vs renting
  • How to increase the value of your home
  • Managing your mortgage debt
  • Maintenance that can save you a lot of money long-term
  • Money saving low cost home improvements
  • Regional house prices analysis
  • Surveying properties - what to look for

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Nadeem Walayat

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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 four ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series.that can be downloaded for Free.

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