Thursday, 1 June 2017

How will the General Election affect the 48,923 Warrington Homeowners?

Of the 70,510 households in Warrington, 21,192 homes are owned without a mortgage and 27,731 homes are owned with a mortgage. Many homeowners have made contact me with asking what the General Election will do the Warrington property market.

The best way to tell the future is to look at the past.

I have looked over the last five General Elections and analysed in detail what happened to the property market on the lead up to and afterwards. Some very interesting information has come to light.

Of the last five general elections (1997, 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015), the two elections that weren’t certain were the last two (2010 with the collation and 2015 with unexpected Tory majority). Therefore, I wanted to compare what happened in 1997, 2001 and 2005 when Tony Blair was guaranteed to be elected/re-elected VS the last knife edge uncertain votes of 2010 and 2015 – especially in terms of the number of houses sold and the prices achieved.

Number of Houses Bought/Sold

Look at the first graph below comparing the number of properties sold and the dates of the General Elections.


It is clear, looking at the number of monthly transactions (the blue line), there is a certain rhythm or seasonality to the housing market. That seasonality hasn’t changed since 1995 – the periodic fluctuations that occur regularly based on a season -  i.e. you can see how the number of properties sold dips around Christmas, rises in Spring and Summer and drops again at the end of the year).

To remove that seasonality, I have introduced the red line. The red line is a 12 month ‘moving average’ trend line which enables us to look at the ‘de-seasonalised’ housing transaction numbers, whilst the yellow arrows denote the times of the General Elections. It is clear to see that after the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections, there was significant uplift in number of households sold, whilst in 2010 and 2015, there was slight drop in house number of properties sold.

Property Prices

Next, I wanted to consider what happened to property prices. In the graph below, I have used that same 12 month average. Housing transactions numbers (in red) and yellow arrows for the dates of the General Elections, but this time compared that with what happened to property values (pink line).

It is quite clear none of the General Elections had any effect on the property values.  Also, the timescales between the calling of the election and the date itself also means that any property buyer’s indecisiveness and indecision before the election will have less of an impact on the market.

So, what does this mean for the landlords of the 8,189 private rented properties in Warrington?

Well, as I have discussed in previous articles (and just as relevant for homeowners as well) property value growth in Warrington will be more subdued in the coming few years for reasons other than the General Election. The growth of rents has taken a slight hit in the last few months as there has been a slight over supply of rental property in Warrington, making it imperative that Warrington landlords are realistic with their market rents.

In the long term, as the younger generation still choose to rent rather than buy, investing in buy to let still looks a good beteven with the changes in taxation.

If you want to read more about the Warrington property market – then why not visit the Warrington Property Market Blog for more information?  You can always keep an eye on my blog for any properties I feel will make a good buy to let opportunity, or if you are after a second opinion then email over the property details or pop into my office for a chat, or even find out how we can get the best out of your investment property.

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