First time buyer property valuation activity climbs despite Brexit vote

Housing market activity in the UK has shifted in favour of first time buyers and remortgagors, in the first full month after the vote to leave the European Union, according to the latest research.

Overall, July has seen the number of all property valuations fall 2% compared to the same month last year, says the latest monthly analysis from Connells Survey and Valuation, which reflects a slight cooling compared to June.

‘Judging the Brexit effect might take years but in the meantime the first full month after the vote already looks encouraging as change has mainly been confined to the mixture of activity, rather than the overall volume of valuations,’ said John Bagshaw, corporate services director of Connells Survey & Valuation.

The data shows that activity in the first time buyer and remortgaging sectors have driven July’s valuation market. There were 12% more first time buyer valuations in July 2016 than in July 2015. Meanwhile remortgaging activity also saw the same 12% annual rate of growth.

‘July was particularly good for those making their first step on the property ladder. Despite some widespread fears about Brexit, any negative impact on wages, employment or inflation has not materialised and first time are continuing to make the most of government schemes and are now boosted by even lower mortgage rates this summer. This is the same development that is proving a boost for remortgagors, also benefitting from a new wave of even better mortgage deals,’ Bagshaw explained.

Those already on the property ladder looking to move home appear to have been slightly more cautious in July than those making their first step. Compared to the same month in 2015, home mover valuations have fallen in number by 8%.

Similarly, buy to let activity has been relatively cooler in July than at the same point a year ago. The total number of valuations for buy to let purchases has now fallen by 41% since July 2015.

‘Buy to let activity is steady post-Brexit vote, even if at a level lower than last year. In fact this correction is not new, and mainly not as a result of referendum uncertainty. Since April, held back by the Government’s 3% Stamp Duty surcharge, some landlords are pausing for thought,’ Bagshaw explained.

‘Looking ahead, tax changes are increasingly factored in to landlords’ investment plans which forms a strong core of buy to let activity focused on the long term and a solid basis of future growth in demand for valuations from landlords,’ he added.

source: Property wire

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