Skip to content

Business consultancy predicts 6% growth in UK property prices in 2010

The report from the Centre for Economics and Busincess Research, an independent consultancy offering business advice, is the most optimistic to be published so fart his year.|
In the report analysts have actually revised their forecase for house price up due to an improved lending outlook and continued low interest rates.
The forecasts are based upon an improved mortgage lending outlook with mortgage approvals predicted to reach around 72,000 per month by the end of 2010 from today’s level of around 60,000 per month. They will increase to around 90,000 per month by 2013, the report says.
Although this is still some way short of pre-credit crunch levels of mortgage lending, it will likely lead to a sustainable growth path for house prices over the medium term. In addition, cebr’s central forecast for interest rates is that rates will remain on hold at 0.5% until the middle to late 2011.
The report shows that the rate of house price growth is expected to moderate in 2010, but prices will still be around s6% higher at the end of the year than at the start. During 2011, house price growth will falter as economic growth falters on public sector cutbacks, with associated increases in unemployment.
Beyond this though, the current shortage of new housebuilding will mean that supply side problems persist, and analysts expect to see growth of 8% in 2012 and a further 4% in 2013, the report says.
‘The fact that house prices have already risen by almost 10% since the bottom of the cycle has surprised most commentators. However, with the rate of mortgage lending more than doubling over this period of time, a shortage of new properties on the market, low interest rates and unemployment not rising nearly as fast as expected, it is easy to see how prices have moved so quickly.’ Explained Benjamin Williamson, one of the report’s authors and economist at cebr.
‘This combination of factors will continue to push prices up during 2010, albeit at a more modest rate than we have seen over the last six months,’ he added.
According to Ben Read, managing economist at cebr, the key reason behind the upward revision to the forecasts is that mortgage approvals have recovered more quickly than had been previously expected.
‘Looking forward beyond this year, we envisage a tough 2011 with house prices levelling out as government action to cut the deficit puts the brakes on demand. However, supply side pressures will reassert themselves in the medium term due to the massive shortfall in housing completions seen over the past two years and likely continued weakness in new house building in the years to come. This will lead to stronger growth in house prices over 2012 and 2013,’ he concluded.