October 31, 2022

Chart of the Week: Omens not looking good for UK housing

by Fathom Consulting.

According to the Bank of England’s 2022 Q3 Credit Conditions Survey, lenders reported that the availability of secured credit (mortgages) to households declined in the June-August period. Moreover, the net balance of banks and building societies expecting to tighten access to secured credit over the September-November period, was at its highest since 1Q 2008, when the Great Financial Crisis (GFC) was brewing. Ominously, the survey was taken before the ill-fated fiscal statement by then Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, which fuelled soaring mortgage rates and was followed by a rapid withdrawal of mortgage deals by providers. With the UK entering recession, and with real wages already falling, the outlook is looking increasingly bleak for house prices. We expect a decline of around 20%, close to what we saw in the GFC.


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