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Propertymark's predictions for 2020

Monday 23 December 2019

With so many political upheavals, it’s been a challenging year for landlords and homeowners, and we hope the New Year can bring some much-needed certainty. Propertymark asked its members to share their predictions for the buying and selling market, looking ahead to 2020.

Predictions for the buying and selling market in 2020

More than a quarter (28 per cent) of estate agents expect house prices to fall next year, down from 43 per cent last year when agents were asked the same question. Over half (56 per cent) of agents expect house prices to stay the same.

A quarter (25 per cent) of estate agents think the number of sales made to first-time buyers will increase and over half (58 per cent) expect it to stay the same.

A third (32 per cent) expect demand to decrease and a further quarter (28 per cent) think supply will increase.

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'The changing political landscape throughout 2019 has undoubtedly caused uncertainty in the housing market, which in turn has affected sentiment and decision-making. Once the current political impasse is resolved and it’s clear how and when we’ll be leaving the EU, we hope there will be a degree of certainty which may trigger a flurry of activity.

Regardless of the colour of the new Government, housing must be a priority. A clear strategy is needed to tackle key issues such as stamp duty costs. Additionally, we’d like to see the Government commit to bringing regulation into the sector as soon as they can in the New Year and to consider the introduction of digital logbooks to allow for a more interactive, streamlined and transparent process for home buyers and sellers. The housing market needs reassurance from the Government, which will in turn inject some confidence in the market for both buyers and sellers.

Despite the difficult year, the UK property market remains a strong sector overall, and has demonstrated a huge amount of resilience in the face of political turmoil. We hope for a more certain outlook and some stability in 2020, which is hopefully provided sooner rather than later.'

Lauren Scott

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive

 

 

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