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Buyer activity remains ‘pretty depressed’ as more people look to rent

There has been a further decline in the number of people looking to buy property, as reflected by the Bank of England’s latest money and credit report.

The Bank of England figures reveal that there was a drop in the number of home loans approved for new property acquisitions in July, with £12.1bn worth of home loans for house purchases issued, down from £12.2bn the previous month.

The data also reveals a major decline in remortgaging activity in July, with a total of £8bn approved for remortgaging, down on the £8.6bn approved in June.


John Eastgate, sales and marketing director at OneSavings Bank, said: “Buyer activity remains pretty depressed as the market comes to terms with economic uncertainty on top of existing obstacles of a lack of supply and increasing affordability challenges.

“With heightened fears that a turbulent Brexit and a slower economy might impact job security and property prices, consumers are naturally putting the brakes on home buying decisions.”

North London estate agent Jeremy Leaf concurred: “These figures are a little disappointing in that they reflect a period when we would have expected a pick-up in the market over the spring buying season.

“Buyers and sellers are still engaged in a stand-off, and a lack of energised demand has meant there is often very little urgency to complete deals, even when terms have been agreed.”

But while fewer people are buying property, the latest figures from ARLA Propertymark, released earlier this week, revealed that the number of prospective tenants looking for new homes to rent in July increased to the highest level for almost a year.

David Cox, chief executive at ARLA Propertymark, said: “An average of four landlords took their properties off the market per branch, up from three this time last year – and as supply falls, competition among tenants increases, which pushes up rent costs.”

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Poll: As supply falls and competition among tenants rises, is it inevitable that rents will increase over the next few months?


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    they talk of generation rent, it isn't always because they cannot afford to buy, i think it's becoming more and more the case people prefer to rent, no hassle buying and selling, no costly repairs. i am old school, i like to own and pay cash, property, cars etc. is this the start of a price crash as in the early 90s, i hope it is, i'm not bothered by the paper value of my properties and i'm not selling, but i will buy when prices drop.

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    On the other hand the governments new policies against landlords and in favour of tenants make tenants feel confident in the rental market. Why buy with all the issues that come with property ownership when you can rent and be worry free being looked after by the landlord. No brainier to me.

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    I think it's inevitable that as houses become less and less affordable to young people leaving renting as the only realistic option, that legislation will become tougher on landlords and more protective of tenants. This is the way things are in Germany and other European countries where for the most part life long renting is fairly standard.


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