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Boris and Brexit won’t boost transaction volumes in 2020 warns RICS

The new mood of apparent political stability promoted by supporters of Boris Johnson and Brexit appears to have failed to win over the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

In its forecast for 2020 the institution says there will be little change in residential sales volumes despite the new certainty surrounding quitting the EU.

It says that as 2019’s market was “plagued by a shortage of stock, with average stock levels on estate agents’ books hitting a new all-time low in June” there seems little likelihood of a material pick up next year.

“This lack of impetus in sales activity, suggests house price growth will rise modestly throughout the year with the forecast predicting a 2.0 per cent rise” says a statement from the organisation.

RICS economist Tarrant Parsons adds: “Momentum across the UK housing market has remained relatively subdued, with new buyer demand showing little impetus going into the New Year. 

“That said, with the Conservative party winning a clear majority, the Withdrawal Agreement will very likely be ratified in the coming weeks. This could see some confidence returning, at least for a brief spell, meaning activity may see some uplift.

“Challenges around affordability and low stock levels will continue to drag on the market, and Brexit uncertainty could resurface as the next deadline draws closer. As such, we expect house prices to rise by just 2.0 per cent next year, with the outlook for overall sales volumes broadly flat.”

And Hew Edgar, RICS’ head of engagement and cities strategy, adds: “It is imperative that the new administration hits the ground running and makes headway into the plethora of housing pledges within the Conservative manifesto – ensuring they actually deliver holistic policy, as well as moving the housing sector forward with a consistent and long-term approach.”

  • Peter Hendry

    Let’s put some positive plans forward for 2020 and beyond. We’ve probably never had a better chance with this size of a majority!

  • Andrew Stanton Estate Agency Insights Strategies

    A government with a large majority, whatever party has it, means Westminster can move forward a big tick.

    Brexit no longer a debate about leaving, another big tick.

    Low interest rates, big tick. House inflation likely to be 2% next year, big tick (obviously some variables and of course London in the doldrums).

    Shortage of property - well RIC's to be expected the market was moribund due to the Brexit debacle, why list in a dead market?

    But, it is likely that 2020 will see activity very similar to 2018, and as the year progresses, there is likely to be better things on the horizon. Most of my clients and network are extremely optimistic about the 2020, not something I would have said coming into 2019.

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