Stacks Market Comment

Some of the questions we are being asked – and answers we are giving:

Is now a good time to buy, or should I wait to see what happens….?

Now is an excellent time to buy, but you’ll have to look very hard and be very determined as there is a severe shortage of property on the market.

But it’s a great time for decisive buyers, especially if we can negotiate you a good deal. Some vendors are determined to make a sale before Brexit happens, some need to make sales and some want to make sales.

What about Stamp Duty? Can I expect any changes?

Current levels of Stamp Duty are, in our opinion, here to stay, so don’t hold your breath waiting for any improvements!

Is this a good time to sell?

There’s a shortage of stock in many sectors of the market, as many potential vendors are hanging on to see what happens next.

But life can’t be put on hold for many, so if you need to move house, our advice would be to start the process. If you have a good property without any blight, you should find a good supply of potential buyers. Talk to a good local estate agent.

Is now a good time to buy a holiday home?

The number of UK residents taking holidays at home is rising steadily – factors such as very weak Sterling, better summers, and uncertainty about the changing face of European travel are all relevant. So a good investment in a holiday location at a time when prices are stable could turn out to be an excellent decision.

What about returning expats?

Sterling is cheap, so if you’re paid in Dollars, UK property looks very attractive. Jump in!

What will the effect of a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit be on the market?

We don’t believe it will make much difference at all!

All that is needed is forward movement, and the market will become more active.

Demand is strong, and will continue to meet supply, so prices remain stable.

Is this a good time to be a buy-to-let investor?

Yes, hunt for bargains, especially in the new-build sector which, unlike the rest of the market, is oversupplied and bargains are available.

We expect rents to continue to rise.

For BOTH buyers and sellers, there will be opportunities out here.

Across the country, there’s huge unsatisfied demand.

We reckon that there are over six million households living in the wrong property, many because they are anxious about moving home in these politically and economically uncertain times.

There are any number of reasons that many home-owners will continue to do nothing and stay put.

But the smart money will be on those buyers and sellers who see a stable market, despite uncertainty, with good opportunities for negotiation.

The market will continue to be thin, with a lack of stock in parts.

One thing is for sure – prices are going nowhere, having dropped in London and the SE, and remaining stagnant in the West and the Midlands.

Buyers at the upper-middle/top end of the market are now accepting the ‘new normal’ Stamp Duty rates – and vendors are going to have to continue to adjust their prices accordingly.  This will make a big difference to the upper-middle end of the Country market, and we are already seeing signs of movement and increased transactions.

Historically the property market stagnates temporarily as we wait for general elections, Budgets, and other major political events. But since the Hung Parliament of 2010 we have been in a permanent state of political flux, and there is no end in sight, with no real resolution to the Brexit issue for possibly several years.

Of course, it’s not these events in themselves that stop people buying and selling; it’s the fear of the unknown, which might affect finances, jobs and property prices.

Fear makes us more tentative.

For those who, have a real need and/or real desire to buy, or sell and buy, our best advice is to accept that abnormal is the new normal and start the process.

The alternative is to go on putting your life on hold for years.

The market will be relatively stable, and there will plenty of opportunity for good negotiation.

To discuss your plans, please contact us or speak to our local offices across the UK.

If you would like the Stacks Team to help you with your property search, please call 01594 842880 or fill in the form below.

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