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Staying Up To Date With Local And National Housing Market Matters

August 20th 2021
By: Intercounty
Staying Up To Date With Local And National Housing Market Matters

At Intercounty, we are here to make sure you make informed decisions in the housing market. This is a challenging time, but with the right help, we are sure you will make informed decisions.

Do you know how the Bishop’s Stortford housing market is faring?

According to Rightmove, house prices in Bishop’s Stortford, at the start of August 2021, are;

Properties in Bishop's Stortford had an overall average price of £472,483 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Bishop's Stortford during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £649,136. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £453,218, with terraced properties fetching £346,902.

Overall, sold prices in Bishop's Stortford over the last year were 4% up on the previous year and 6% up on the 2018 peak of £445,718.”

We know the local housing market, and we stay in touch with buyers and vendors.

We also stay in touch with the latest national studies. The Nationwide House Price Index is worth checking in with, and there is some interesting findings in the most recently published edition.

The key takeaways from the recent Nationwide figures are:

  • Annual house price growth remained in double digits, but fell back to 10.5%

  • Prices down 0.5% month-on-month

  • Stamp duty changes impacting market dynamics

Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said; “Annual house price growth slowed to 10.5% in July, from the 17-year high of 13.4% recorded the previous month. In month-on-month terms, house prices fell by 0.5%, after taking account of seasonal effects, following a 0.7% rise in June. The modest fallback in July was unsurprising given the significant gains recorded in recent months. Indeed, house prices increased by an average of 1.6% a month over the April to June period – more than six times the average monthly gain recorded in the five years before the pandemic.”

The end of stamp duty holiday will impact market

Robert continued by saying; “The tapering of stamp duty relief in England is also likely to have taken some of the heat out of the market. The nil rate band threshold decreased from £500,000 to £250,000 at the end of June (it will revert to £125,000 at the end of September). This provided a strong incentive to complete house purchases before the end of June, especially for higher priced properties. For those purchasing a property above £250,000, the maximum stamp duty saving reduced from £15,000 to £2,500 after the end of June.”

Charlotte Nixon, mortgage expert at Quilter spoke about the recent changes in the market, saying; “The predicted cooling of the market is finally upon us as prices dropped by a further 0.5% in July although they are coming down from a very high base so still remain inflated. With the stamp duty holiday set to completely go in a matter of weeks this downward trend is likely to continue into the autumn and may drop even further come winter. Dropping infection levels and an economy which is slowly getting back on its feet may help to steady the ship and prices will reduce at a slower pace than originally predicted but we are unlikely to see anything like the same rush to the market like we have this year following the stamp duty holiday announcement.”

Demand will remain in place in the housing market

Charlotte continued by saying; “However, that does not mean that demand will completely dry up. People have got a completely different perspective on their working and home lives following the lockdowns and priorities have changed. The draw of big cities is still there but our clients are happy to live a bit further out for added extras like a home office or a garden. The impact of the pandemic is likely to impact our taste in housing for the foreseeable future and previously unloved locations may still see significant increases in price as they become more accessible to white collar workers previously chained to the office.”

Charlotte concluded by saying; “While the worst of the pandemic may be behind us the economic legacy of it will remain for a number of years and this naturally will bleed into the housing market in some form or the other. How prices react in the long term is a guessing game but we can be fairly sure that the hyper inflated prices we have seen recently have got to reduce in the short term.”

At Intercounty, we are here to assist you as best we can. We are local specialists in the Bishop’s Stortford housing market, and if you are keen to connect with likely buyers, we can assist you.

For property sector enquiries in Bishop’s Stortford, please feel free to call us on 01279 757250 or why not email us at bishopsstortford@intercounty.co.uk. With considerable experience in the local market, and free valuation services, we look forward to helping you move.