Bank of England Decision and the Property Market: What’s Next?

Bank of England Decision and the Property Market: What’s Next?

0:03 AM, 25th June 2024, About 3 weeks ago 1

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The Bank of England’s recent rate decision was “finely balanced,” as noted by Faisal Islam, BBC Economics Editor. The decision not to cut rates this time leaves the door open for a possible rate cut in August. This has significant implications for the property market and broader economic landscape in the UK.

Property Market Snapshot

Chris Watkin’s UK Property Market Stats Show highlighted some key trends:

  • Prices on sales agreed remained steady at £350 per square foot.
  • Listings were 5% higher than the pre-pandemic market for the year to date.
  • Net sales improved by 13.5% compared to the same week in 2023, indicating robust market activity.

Inflation and Consumer Confidence

The latest inflation figures were as expected, with CPI hitting the 2% target for the first time since July 2021. However, the detailed numbers provide more insight:

  • CPIH, which includes owner-occupiers’ housing costs, was at 2.8%, slightly down from 3%.
  • Core CPIH, excluding food, energy, alcohol, and tobacco, remained above 4%, highlighting persistent inflation in services.

Consumer confidence also showed improvement, with the GfK Consumer Confidence Index rising to -14, a significant improvement from -49 in September 2022. This reflects a more positive outlook among consumers, despite ongoing economic challenges.

Real Estate Impact

The property market is expected to hit new highs when current figures reach completion in Q4. This resilience is driven by several factors:

  • OOH (Owner-Occupier Housing) inflation index reached a new high of 6.7%, reflecting higher mortgage payments and housing costs.
  • Food inflation decreased by 0.3% month-on-month, providing some relief to households.

Economic Indicators

Recent data from various economic indicators provide a mixed but cautiously optimistic picture:

  • Retail sales saw a 2.9% month-on-month increase in May, rebounding from a poor April.
  • The PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) for June indicated a slowdown in service sector growth but an increase in manufacturing output.

Looking Ahead

The Bank of England’s upcoming decisions will be crucial. The potential for an August rate cut could provide relief to borrowers and stimulate further growth in the property market. However, persistent inflation and global economic uncertainties remain challenges.

Key Takeaways for Investors

  1. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of Bank of England announcements and economic indicators to anticipate market movements.
  2. Focus on Fundamentals: Property investment remains a solid strategy, but attention to inflation and interest rates is crucial.
  3. Risk Mitigation: Diversify investments and consider long-term fixed rates to hedge against potential rate hikes.

The property market’s resilience, coupled with strategic investment decisions, can help navigate these uncertain times. As always, staying informed and adaptable will be key to success in the real estate sector.

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Adam Lawrence

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14:52 PM, 27th June 2024, About 2 weeks ago

Stat overload - stripped back version of my longer article, hope it was of some interest!

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