Well, hasn’t 2016 been eventful. The ups and downs of Brexit, the Queen’s 90th, Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, Trump, Bake Off to Channel 4 and something close to the hearts of every buy to let landlord and homeowner in Tamworth … the Tamworth property market.
So, let’s look at the headlines for the Tamworth property market…
In the last month, Tamworth property values rose by 1.85%, leaving them, year on year 11.3% higher, whilst interestingly, Tamworth asking prices are down 1.1% month on month. All three statistics go to show the Tamworth property market has recovered well after the summer lull, which was worsened by the uncertainty surrounding the EU vote back in June. Irrespective of all the issues, the average value of a Tamworth home now stands at £205,900.
Generally, Tamworth asking prices continue to hold up well, as asking prices are 4.9% higher year on year. At this time of year, asking prices tend to drop on the run up to Christmas and locally, they have dropped by 1.1% this month (November 2016), although this compares well with last year’s drop in Tamworth asking prices, as we also saw asking prices drop by 1.1% in November 2015.
On the other hand, interest rates being at a record low of 0.25% are helping the property market. The cut in interest rates in the late summer was the medicine for the post-Brexit worry and will, as a consequence, ensure that the UK economy continues to be underpinned by buoyant property prices.
So, what will happen in 2017 in the Tamworth property market?
Some say until we know what type of exit the UK will make from the EU it is hard to evaluate the outcome. Although, I believe, the whole Brexit issue is a sideshow to the main issue in the UK (and Tamworth) housing market as a whole. As I have mentioned time and time again over the last few months, the biggest issue is demand outstripping supply when it comes to the number of households required to house us all. Tamworth has an ever-growing population: with immigration (we still have at least two years of free movement from EU members into the UK), people living longer and the fact we need thousands of additional households as the country has nearly 115,000 divorces a year (where one household becomes two households). These are interesting times ahead!
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