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Top 10 Property trends of 2011

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Source: Telegraph

UK ends 2011 with a two tier housing market

The UK's two tier property market has never been better as the amount of property millionaires increased over 2011 while typical residence prices dropped, according to new research. 

According to Zoopla, 26,744 new English property millionaires were created this year, as demand for large houses from money rich customers and relatively low supply influenced the increase in value of top end houses.

There are now 253,118 houses valued at more than £1 million in the UK, which is equal to one in every 108 houses. In comparison, during the peak of the industry in 2007, one in 97 properties were over £1 million.

Despite the increase in the amount of the UK property millionaires, the typical value of an English house has dropped between the end of 2010 and 2011. The average English house has a value of £221,128, 3% lower than in November 2010 when the value was £228,658.

Source: Property Wire

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Expert predictions for UK house prices in 2012

With less than a fortnight of 2011 to go, conversation at the UK's dinner tables may already be turning to the future direction of house prices in 2012. Up, down, sideways; a recovery, a nosedive, a consolidation? Here's what the "experts" think.


Halifax- little change

Halifax is predicting little change in house prices in 2012. It says movement could be anywhere between -2% and +2% with only modest variations across the country. The lender's housing economist, Martin Ellis, says: "Prices are likely to be strongest in London and the south-east as these regions perform better economically. House prices outside southern England are expected to be constrained by these areas' weaker economic performance and their greater dependence on public sector employment."


Henry Pryor, buying agent- down 10%

Pryor says homes are currently being overpriced by those trying to sell: "Asking prices from Rightmove and sold prices both from Halifax and Land Registry since the credit crunch show sellers have little appreciation of what has happened to deal prices. Estate agents contribute to this as some of them will give optimistic valuations in the hope of getting the business."


Knight Frank- down 5%

Knight Frank, which specialises in the top-end of the property market, is predicting a fall in the average UK house price, and a "slow correction" over the next few years.

Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research, says: "After falling by 15% in 2008 it was widely forecast that the market would dip again the following year, but this failed to happen – largely because of the drop in interest rates. We believe this correction is still to come, but that it has been pushed further and further out because of low base rates."


Rightmove- a rise of 2%

According to Rightmove's Miles Shipside, naitonal house prices will rise by "circa 2%" in 2012. He says: "It is clear that in these turbulent times the UK housing market is made up of many fragmented micro-markets that are performing very differently. 


Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight- down 5%

Archer believes the first half of 2012 will see a 5% drop in prices, but the market will remain flat in the second six months of the year. He says the market will be weighed down by "squeezed purchasing power, a now markedly weakening labour market and major concerns over the economic outlook … On top of that, there still seem to be significant difficulties in getting a mortgage for many people, notably including the need to raise high deposits (particularly for first-time buyers)."


Nationwide building society- uncertain

"The outlook for house prices remains uncertain, but with the UK economic recovery expected to remain sluggish next year, house price growth is also likely to remain soft, with prices moving sideways or drifting modestly lower in 2012."


National Association of Estate Agents- gradual recovery

NAEA chief executive Peter Bolton King says 2012 will see a "gradual" recovery for the UK property market, as it continues to bounce along the bottom. He adds: "I don't believe that we will see a significant fall in house prices over the next 12 months as some have feared."


Tracy Kellet, BDI Home Finders- down 6%

Kellett does not believe the market will crash. "Technically it should, but low interest rates mean relatively few repossessions and distressed sales as mortgages remain very affordable. Supply will remain low and it is bolstered by the very high cost of renting, particularly in the south-east – therefore people will prefer to buy if they can so supply and demand will maintain an artificially stable market."


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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors plan to launch in Brazil on the back of key statistics:

  • £110bn will be invested in the housing sector between 2011 and 2016
  • 9 million Brazilians want to buy home in 2011
  • £10bn is allocated to the construction and improvement of highways
  • £21.5bn is the estimated cost of high-speed rail linking Rio de Janeiro and Sap Paulo

The report and weblink below published by PwC highlights the anticipated growth projections of emerging economies.

The emerging economies clearly represent a sound investment opportunity underpinned by growth prospects. 

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