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2007 Predictions


Nationwide
28.12.06 Nationwide on interest rates and house prices Fionnuala Earley, Nationwide?s group economist, said: ?Until now the strengthening housing market has not been a big feature of Monetary Policy Committee on interest rates, but the latest set of minutes clearly identify this as an upside risk. Whether the breaching of the double digit threshold will increase the MPC?s concern depends on whether or not it believes that there is a greater risk tha...
Paragon
21.12.06 Paragon on Buy-to-Let According to HM Treasury estimates, new immigration will continue at an annual rate of between 185,000 and 190,000 over the next three years, higher than previously expected. The estimate of sustainable growth has been increased from 2.5 per cent to 2.75 per cent from 2007 onwards. Nigel Terrington, chief executive of specialist by-to-let mortgage provider Paragon, said: ?Inward migration is a key driver of tena...
Linden Homes
19.12.06 Linden Homes on the housing market * New homes market will see price rises of two to three per cent nationally * Interest rates will stabilise in 2007 at five per cent * No let up for first time buyers, who will continue to rely on developer deals * Major investment in prominent cities such as Bristol and Southampton will provide opportunities for investors. Philip Davies, chief executive of Linden Homes, said: "I expect to ...
SmartNewHomes
15.12.06 SmartNewHomes on property type David Bexon, managing director of SmartNewHomes.com, said: ?The final quarter of 2006 proved buoyant, suggesting the market is heading for a strong start to the new year. "The recommendations highlighted in the recent Barker report placing an increased focus on families and the current shortage of suitable family homes across the UK, I would expect to see the number of new apartments stabilise over the ...
CML
13.12.06 CML on housing and mortgage market forecasts The following are extracts from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) December 2006 market commentary: · We expect the market to show continuing resilience over the next couple of years. The reason for this is that the wider economic background is set to remain positive. The Bank of England?s latest projections show economic growth of close to three per cent over the next two years, with i...
RICS
12.12.06 RICS on house prices House prices will grow by seven per cent and affordability and accessibility for first time buyers will continue to worsen in 2007, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors? (RICS) housing market forecast.  RICS expects house price growth to slow slightly in 2007, but activity will remain high with demand outstripping supply. A further interest rate rise to 5.25 per cent is likely in the coming months a...
Assetz
08.12.06 Investment according to Assetz Many property investors will be keeping their money closer to home in 2007, with the UK in particular looking set to perform extremely well, along with western European destinations such as France and Cyprus, reports Assetz. While many investors have taken their money to emerging destinations such as Bulgaria and Croatia in the last couple of years in search of higher capital gains, more established ma...
County Homesearch
04.12.06 County Homesearch on the hot spots and properties * West Wales will emerge as a new hotspot in the UK * Georgian properties will continue to prove ?bullet proof investments? and will attract a premium * House prices will rise by 7.5 per cent next year, with premium period houses out-performing the market Jonathan Haward, managing director of the County Homesearch company, said: ?Without a doubt the area west of Swansea (to ...
ARLA
27.11.06 ARLA on the rental market 2007 looks set to be legislation-free, apart from the implementation of mandatory tenancy deposit protection, and landlords and tenants can look forward to continued growth in both the supply and demand for good quality rental property. Only ?function creep?, the process where national and local government find new ways of widening the imposition of existing legislation and regulation, can dampen the current...

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