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Impact of Demographics on UK House Prices

Housing-Market / UK Housing May 06, 2019 - 10:01 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

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This analysis directly continues on from (UK Real Unemployment Rate is 5.5 million - Britains Benefits Culture) which is part of a series that aims to conclude in a new multi-year trend forecast for UK house prices. But first a recap of my analysis to date that so far suggests to ignore mainstream press hysteria that warns of impending doom for Britains housing market, encouraged no less than the Government and Bank of England which warn to expect a 30% CRASH in UK house prices should the UK LEAVE the EU without a deal.


Instead my analysis so far (first made available to patrons) continues to paint a picture for UK house prices to remain on an overall upward trend trajectory.

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Impact of Demographics on UK House Prices

The impact of Britain's demographics crisis on the UK Housing market suggests to expect an increasing supply from the mid to upper range of the UK housing market as many people approaching retirement will have during their working lives looked on their homes as a means of providing for them in their retirement as the expected rise on house prices as a consequence of inflation and economic growth to result in a profit far in excess of any outstanding mortgages at the time of retirement and in most cases they will have played the property market wisely and thus be sitting on a small fortune, especially those that bought in the South East of England over the past 20 to 30 years. Therefore a significant number of retirees look set to continue to either downsize or move into retirement homes and retirement villages that have been springing up, and maybe even new retirement towns will be built which in part will free up traditional housing supply and put a dampener on house price inflation of the likes of which we saw during the last boom whilst INCREASING demand for smaller properties in retirement towns and areas of the country such as sea-side towns.

Furthermore the psychology of seeing ones property as a retirement investment is widespread amongst all ages so continues to act as an encouragement to buy properties as people continue to imagine that properties will always deliver huge gains as has been the experience of their parents and grand parents, one of an inexorable rise in house prices beyond that of purchasing power of earnings.

In addition to this we have the wage slaves with less real terms disposable income to pay towards housing costs in terms of mortgages which on face value implies a persistent real terms deflationary outcome for UK house prices over the next 20 years. However this has to contend with what still amounts to rampant immigration coupled with domestic population growth as immigrant couples tend to have larger families which coupled with the benefit culture of having children for benefits will result in at least an extra 10 million people over the next 20 years, a trend that is more than capable of overcoming any deflation as a consequence of a downsizing ageing population that ultimately has to imply persistently high real rates of inflation not just for house prices but for sectors right across the economy.

Furthermore as more of the benefits for life claimants are increasingly encouraged or forced into work, in addition to many more retirees continuing to work in some capacity will improve Britain's productivity which coupled with ongoing exponential technological advances will mean that a ratio of workers to retirees that is unsustainable today could become sustainable 20 years from now which ultimately translates in workers being able to support a greater proportion of wages being spent on housing costs in terms of affordability than is the case to today, which is why those fixated on affordability ratio's as compared against those of the past will continuously find themselves wrong footed, as ratios get ramped ever higher from 20% of income 20 years ago to 1/3rd of income today to 50% of income in 10 or so years time.

And finally another point to consider is that by far most of the increase in population will be made manifest in England, specifically as a wave rippling out of central London where the more distant the region the lesser the impact of population growth and therefore to more likely suffer the consequences of having an ageing population namely Scotland which is thus likely to continue to be subsidised at an even greater extent by England which means that whilst the SNP will continue to peddle there dreams of Independence via a second referendum, however the demographics imply it's going to become less likely of ever being achieved with each passing year! Which means whenever the SNP are speaking on the TV one should hit the mute button, or change channel rather than waste your time on listening to their fantasy.

Therefore the message being painted by this demographics analysis supports my long standing view that one of the only ways for people to leverage themselves to the exponential inflation mega-trend is by being exposed to assets such as housing and not only that but whenever prices fall due to events such as the current BrExit chaos, and fluctuations in the business cycle, even if not in nominal terms but just in real terms (i.e. after inflation) than prospective home buyers should seize such golden opportunities because the over riding trend for house prices over the next 20 years will be Upwards! For instance I would not be surprised if house prices double over the next 10 years or so! So ALL of the risks are to the UPSIDE, i.e. if the Government loses control of inflation, which in its immediate aftermath would result in a real terms drop but which would sow the seeds for the next ramping higher of house prices just as the Great Recession house prices depression concluded in the embryonic bull market of 2012 soon followed with a bull market proper.

In terms of implications for my forthcoming house prices forecast, then this analysis is supportive of my view for an overall bullish outlook for house prices for at least the next decade and likely beyond. Which means that there isn't going to be a crash or collapse as the Bank of England has recently been propagandising in attempts to scare the population and politicians into supporting Theresa May's BAD Brexit deal. For the reality is that any fall in prices over the next few months would be temporary as in terms of the big picture Brexit does not matter where house prices are concerned, deal or no deal, house prices are going UP in either case!

In fact I would not be surprised if house prices soared soon after Brexit, i.e. do the OPPOSITE to the doom and gloom consensus view of the mainstream press.

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Nadeem Walayat has over 30 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 five ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series that can be downloaded for Free.

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