Droitwich August Worcester Monthly Blog
What does the future hold for house prices in Droitwich?
There have probably never been more factors at play in the UK property market than there are right now. The national market is pausing for breath as it reaches the end of the cycle which started with the credit crunch. 2016 saw stamp duty changes as well as the Brexit vote, and the impact is very much still being felt. The result of the election has added to the uncertainty surrounding the economy.
So why are we so bullish about the market in Droitwich? Well the data shows us that in the second half of 2016, sales levels were 7.5 per cent higher than the first half, which is even more impressive when we account for the stamp duty rise in April of that year. Due to this and other important factors, we expect local prices to reach £261,200 by the end of 2018
Projecting future price trends is never straightforward. The construction of new homes impacts on this heavily; residential developments will often increase the value of other properties in the area due to the way valuers use ‘comparables’. Other important aspects they consider when determining the future value of property are upgrades to travel networks and new businesses opening in the area.
The future looks bright for the local property market; now is the time to think about getting on it if you’re not already, especially while interest rates remain so low. If you would like to sell your property, pop into our office for a friendly chat with one of our local experts. We’d love to help. Alternatively, find us on social media.
“Based on market trends, we expect local prices to reach £261,200 by the end of 2018”
Monthly sales rate by main house type
This chart takes a look at how sales levels have evolved over the last eight months in the local area. It should be noted that we’re looking at a relatively tight area over short periods of time, which is why there is a lot of volatility in the figures. The patterns however, are very revealing and show how seasonality affects the dynamics of the market.
Local property prices vs region & country
It is hard to gauge actual property price movements without having something to compare them against. The chart shows the price differences in our area compared to the wider region and the rest of England and Wales for the last eight years.
Length of residents’ working day
Areas which are home to residents who work long hours tend to have something of a split personality. The people you might see on the street on the weekends are often very different to those at weekends. The crucial benchmark is 49 hours per week. If you’re working that many hours or more remember no one on their death bed ever wished they’d spent more time in the office.