Data released from Rightmove has shown that agreed house sales last month rose 6.1% from the same point last year, with every single region showing improvement. Considering the current climate of Brexit, could this upsurge in the property market actually be attributed to the relative political instability, rather than in spite of it?
It’s been another period of gigantic upheaval in British politics in regard to Brexit, but months of uncertainty have seemingly encouraged a spike in activity in a rush to beat the currently unstable deadline of October 31st. Buyers and sellers are therefore making something of a concerted effort to complete their property transactions within the next quarter.
Supporting this microcosm of activity in the market is the number of UK mortgage approvals which have also risen significantly. Approvals for house purchases rose to their highest level for two and a half years in July, with Howard Archer, chief economic adviser to the EY ITEM Club, stating that: “It is possible that mortgage activity is being lifted by some people looking to complete their house purchases before Brexit occurs on 31 October, given the major uncertainties surrounding the UK successfully leaving the EU with a deal.”
Speaking prior to recent developments in the House of Commons, CEO of reallymoving Rob Houghton says: “The outlook for the property market over the next three months is remarkably positive, considering the current political and economic context. The recent election of a new Prime Minister who is committed to leaving the EU on Halloween even if a deal isn’t reached could mean clouds are gathering on the horizon, but any impact on prices in the short term is likely to be mitigated by the urgency of home movers to complete deals in the next three months.”