"UK stocks hit record high." reads the headline. The newspaper article goes on to say that the FTSE 100 passed 6880 shortly after the market opened today. What it didn't say was that for investors, the UK stock market has returned almost zero for over 20 years.
A slight softening in demand was expected with stamp duty relief ending on 31st March. That changed, of course, but the effect will probably not be seen for another month or two. Here are last month's numbers from Nationwide and Zoopla.
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Savills price forecast has been revised upwards in light of the measures announced in the recent budget and more positive expectations for the UK economy. Properties in the North, the North West and the Midlands are expected to see the greatest gains.
Estate agents, surveyors, mortgage lenders, conveyancers and 200,000 buyers will be offering the Chancellor a collective thank you. The pressure to complete an absurd number of house sales by 31st March is now off. There was also some good news for first time buyers, at least in the short term. A quick glance at the budget from a property perspective and a brief look forward.
With the Stamp Duty holiday coming to an end, January's small decline in house prices was expected to continue into the next month. Not so, as February reversed that decline and then some. The figures from Nationwide and Zoopla...
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House prices finished the year up 7.3% according to Nationwide, with their quarterly regional report showing the South East high in the rankings for the first time in years. Zoopla reports that demand in 2020 has been 40% higher than in 2019.
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Yes, those guys with beards, skinny leg jeans and bicycles are pointing the way to the newest property hotspots.
Property values continue to surge, now up to 6.5% year-on-year according to Nationwide Building Society. It is still the North, North West and the Midlands showing the greatest gains, with Nottingham and Manchester leading the way.
Covid dominated all aspects of our lives in 2020, including the UK's property market. The response to it will shape the industry throughout 2021 and beyond.
So, here we are again. The spring lockdown froze the housing market, but this time round property transactions have escaped the restrictions of version 1.
Nationwide's figures for the month show property values up 5.8% over the last year. As usual, cities in the north lead the way.