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What can we expect from the property market in 2019?

2018 has been a year of ups and downs in the property market, with the overriding factor being the imminent break from Europe. As we move in to 2019 and March 29th (the official date of Brexit), there remains a certain level of uncertainty in the market, however this should be tempered with cautious optimism when looking at the gains that property could make in the post-Brexit period.


Interest rate uncertainty

Something which is currently subject to extreme uncertainty throughout 2019 is interest rates, with the Bank of England having already increased rates last year for only the second time in over a decade. On the one hand Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has indicated that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will continue to gradually increase the base rate next year. However, Carney has tempered this intended rise in base rates by stipulating that in the event of a disorderly Brexit the MPC would be prepared to similarly cut rates in order to support the economy.

Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says: “It looks set to be an intriguing year. We expect interest rates to end the year around 1% and mortgage rates will reflect this.”


Competitive mortgage market

During the course of 2018, the competition in the mortgage market has become rife with more offers available and more options to entice buyers into the market than ever before. Looking to 2019, there is no indication that this competition between lenders will subside, making mortgages more accessible to a wider market. Currently, there are 1,459 cashback incentives available on residential mortgages which is nearly two-and-a-half times more on offer than in 2011, according to Moneyfacts.

David Hollingworth, of L&C Mortgages, offered: “This year has been very, very competitive with mortgage lenders pushing hard to attract borrowers. I don’t see a reason why that would change in the new year and it might just be a tighter market with even more intense competition.”


First-time buyers

2018 saw an unprecedented number of first-time buyer transactions in the property market, with numbers reaching an 11-year high. With the news from the Budget that the Help to Buy scheme will be extended a further two years, many potential purchasers should also join the property market in 2019. Often, saving for a deposit is the chief hurdle for those wanting to buy a home, however with the availability of deals for people borrowing 95% of their home’s value soaring to 304 different mortgage options, this hurdle is now being circumvented by the mortgage industry. With more mortgages with lesser deposits available, as well as shared ownerships and purchase schemes offered, we should see first-time buyers once again on the rise throughout the course of the new year.



With lenders in stiff competition with one another and low interest rates still present, many agree that 2018 has been a good year to remortgage and 2019 will continue to offer favourable conditions for those looking to capitalise.

Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts, says: “Throughout 2018 the mortgage market has had to absorb the base rate rise back in August, which has inevitably pushed the average standard variable rate to its highest level in almost ten years. This has meant the incentive to remortgage has probably never been greater.”

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How much of an impact can a street name have on a home?

When considering the purchase of a property there are a number of variables to consider; how many bedrooms you need, if there are good schools in the catchment area and what the local amenities are to name but a few. However, it seems that there is one aspect which should also now be taken in to account – street name. Recent studies have shown that the name of the road which you live on can have an impact upon the value of your property – so the old adage of “location, location, location” may be even more accurate than ever previously considered when buying a home.

The regal touch

Streets with regal names such as Royal, Palace, Lord and Bishop can boost the value of your home – showing that royal prestige extends well beyond Buckingham Palace. Nearly 10% of house-hunters surveyed are willing to pay more for a property with a regal suffix, with 8% prepared to pay up to an enormous £30,000 more. This perception of prestige clearly has an impact on the price of a home and the overall appeal to buyers – so think carefully when browsing through all those homes for sale and don’t just consider their curb -appeal, but also their catalogue blurb-appeal.

The house on the hill

Aside from the prestige of the monarchy, it seems that certain road names also exert a hypnotic appeal upon buyers with properties on “Hills” and “Lanes” worth 50% more than the national average. Naturally, when you consider a hill or a lane there is the image of peace and tranquillity, which could be a contributing factor in their popularity amongst buyers. On the other hand, properties with “Street” or “Terrace” in their address are amongst the least expensive in the UK, perhaps because of the frequency of these names and as such, a perceived lack of exclusivity.

Bishop’s Hill or High Street?

Property buyers are a discerning bunch, with never-ending lists of requirements, and it would seem that a new addition to this list is an “exclusive” sounding address with many prepared to pay a premium for a premium-sounding address. This preparedness to pay for the privilege of living on “Royal Way” or “Hill Lane” however is split regionally – with those in London 24% more likely to pay extra for an address when compared to those in the North East. Perhaps, then, it is the high prices of the capital city and the greater level of investment it takes to buy in London which can woo buyers into spending just that little bit more – a premium-sounding address to reflect the premium cash outlay required to buy their property.

Fife Properties Managing Director, Jim Parker commented: ‘It is amazing how a simple a thing such as a street name can make a fundamental difference but in the past, we have had “Lovers Lane”, “Witches Wynd” which have all attracted more than their fair share of interest.’