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House prices to drop 4.5 per cent next year ‒ CEBR

  • 20/09/2022
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House prices to drop 4.5 per cent next year ‒ CEBR
The average property will see its price drop by around 4.5 per cent next year, a new report from the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) has suggested.

The economic consultancy said that there would be a “peak annual contraction” of 6.2 per cent in the third quarter, blaming the combination of sharp rises in mortgage rates, rising cost of living pressures, and the potential increase in unemployment from the UK entering recession.

The CEBR said that while the new energy price guarantee would provide some “respite”, the other negative forces would “plague the economy” for at least the next year.

Falling prices won’t help aspiring buyers

CEBR stated that those unable to purchase a property might welcome the idea of falling prices, as it should make home ownership more affordable. However, it cautioned this would “likely prove misguided” since a contracting housing market would bring economic pain for everyone.

It argued that affordability would not improve, since lenders would likely push down loan-to-value ratios throughout any downturn, reducing accessibility to affordable mortgage finance further.

Economic threat

The report argued that falling prices pose “an economic threat” irrespective of an individual’s homeownership status, noting that falling prices dampen confidence, which in turn lead to lower consumer spending, deeper recessions and higher unemployment.

Karl Thompson, economist at CEBR and author of the report, said: “Within the current climate, therefore, there seem to be few advantages to the anticipated fall in house prices. In light of this, it may now be time to seriously consider reviving the stamp duty holiday – or even better yet, a complete overhaul of property taxation – in order to keep some life in the housing market and thus the UK economy more broadly.”

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