Huddersfield property values are 2.6% higher than 12 months ago
Whilst the newspapers were stating prime central London property values were now 17% below the levels being achieved a couple of years, that message seems not to have been heard by certain sectors of the Huddersfield property market!
Speaking with other property professionals in Huddersfield, many weren’t expecting the usual autumn rebound after the summer holidays. Many were anticipating a dormant Huddersfield property market on the run up to Christmas believing many Huddersfield home-movers would put off the their home moving activities until the new year, yet in many sectors of the local property market, I have seen (and the stats back this up) that those Huddersfield property buyers who are able to hold their nerve (whereas others were hesitant) have found themselves in a better negotiating position to get a great property deal. Putting aside the fluff of newspaper headlines, the real foundations of Huddersfield housing market remain sound with record low unemployment, ultra-low interest rates and low inflation.
Interestingly, there are 6% less homes for sale in Huddersfield compared to two years ago
However, there are still parts of the Huddersfield property market that remain stagnant, with some homeowners being slightly unrealistic with their marketing pricing. To them, the property market appears to be slow, as they stare at their ‘for sale’ board for months on end, yet nothing could be further from the truth.
The key to a balanced (and healthy) property market is realistic pricing by the homeowners when they place the property on the market, mortgage affordability for buyers (which was discussed a couple of weeks ago in the Huddersfield Property Blog) and buy to let landlord activity which creates and maintains forward momentum. One measure of momentum is how long a property remains on the market, and interestingly…
The current average length of time a Huddersfield property remains on the market is 94 days, slightly down from 96 days two years ago
Now the number of properties sold locally is slightly down year on year (even though we had a burst of property sales in the summer locally) and interestingly, Rightmove reported recently that nationally, the number of properties sold in the UK was only just over 3% less year on year, so a similar picture nationally.
So, what does all this mean for Huddersfield homeowners and Huddersfield landlords?
We have always had issues that were game changers for the housing market; for the last few years it’s been Brexit, 10 years ago the credit crunch, 18 years ago the dot com crash, the ERM and 15% interest rates issue 27 years ago, dual MIRAS 32 years ago, hyper-inflation 40 years ago, the 3 day week 45 years ago – the list goes on. Everyone needs a home to live in, the local authority just has not got the money to build council houses, so buy to let will continue to grow for the foreseeable future which in turn creates a stable foundation for all homeowners. Maybe you should use this time, like many are in Huddersfield to take advantage of the property deals to be had in Huddersfield.