A new month, a new PM

Clare Phillips
28 October 2022
Buying | Estate Agency | Selling

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What does a new Prime Minister mean for the housing market outlook?

The turbulence of the last few months in the hallowed halls of the palace of Westminster have been well documented, and we can see the results in our back pockets with the highest interest rates in decades, and a level of uncertainty usually reserved for so called developing economies.

A new month, a new dawn as Rishi Sunak becomes the third Prime Minister this year. For many, this is heralded with a great sigh of relief.

What does all this mean for my mortgage?

The new prime minister seems to have gone down well in financial markets after the disastrous mini budget was reversed by new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. The priority must be to put the country’s finances in order to help bring down borrowing to help tackle the cost-of-living squeeze. The health of the housing market is closely linked to the economy and in particular the cost of mortgages, which have increased to over 6% in recent weeks.

Will mortgage rates fall?

The cost of borrowing for government and business has fallen in the last few weeks and is set to fall further in the weeks ahead, as markets react to the messaging from the Government about balancing the books.

We don’t know how much The Bank of England will have to increase base rates to stabilise inflation, however there is hope that we are approaching the end of interest rate increases. This is good news for savers after a decade of low returns on savings, but means buying a home has become more expensive.

It looks like mortgage rates may reduce to four to five percent in the new year. But anyone looking to buy a home needs to realise that we are not going back to the days of cheap borrowing any time soon.

What does that mean for me as a seller and buyer?

The housing market situation of high demand and low supply remains. This means that if the economy now calms, buyers are still out there looking to buy a new home.  It is wise for buyers not to overstretch themselves when buying, and to look out for the best mortgages, fixing them to achieve stability in the security of knowing their mortgage outgoings over the coming years.

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Clare Phillips
Clare Phillips, Partner
Clare has been in the industry since 1998. Her career started as an administrator and she has worked through each role in estate agency from negotiator, sales progressor, valuer, manager and culminating in opening Phillips George as a co-founding partner. Through Clare’s career she has obtained professional qualifications with both NAEA (national association of estate agents) and ARLA (association of residential letting agents) to ensure that she delivers a first class service to all of her clients. Clare’s favourite part of estate agency and lettings is helping customers achieve their goals and making the process as smooth as possible for them.