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The UK Housing Market in 2019 – The Deep Trends (Part 2)

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PART II: the UK Macro Factors

Following on from Part 1, where I analysed global macro factors in the forecasting the near-term future of house prices here in the UK and for 2019, I will now shift my focus to the meaty questions: what does all this mean for the UK’s economic outlook in 2019? And how will it affect the housing market? 

In this particular article, I will take into account the major domestic macro factors for the UK in 2019: UK economic growth; inflation; and, interest rates.

UK Economic Growth

There are a great many pundits and think tanks out there making economic forecasts. These forecasts are typically picked up by news outlets depending on their own particular political biases. Some come from very important sounding organisations, and most forecasts are inaccurate. It is incredibly hard to make an accurate forecast of a complex system where the majority of parts are unknown and the relationships between them can only be guessed. 

Oxford Economics, however, is one organisation that has come closest to accurately forecasting economic futures. It has published its forecast for the UK’s GDP growth at 1.5% in 2019, which is somewhere between the GDP annual growth rate for 2017 and 2018. We can safely expect, therefore, that the upcoming year will be somewhat like this year and the year before.  

Having said this, however, it could be that a no-deal situation in the on-going Brexit negotiations results in additional import and export tariffs. This change will increase the cost of purchases of EU products in the UK and vice versa, which may be offset by opening the UK up to greater trade opportunities with the rest of the world. Conversely, a trade deal with the EU could maintain the status quo.

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About Gavriel Merkado

Gavriel Merkado

Gavriel Merkado is Founder and CEO of REalyse, the UK's leading real estate data system. Having previously worked in quantitative strategy with several hedge funds before moving into real estate with companies like Quintain and Essential living he sought to find a way to bring the data analytics capabilities of finance to the world of property. The award winning REalyse platform is now in use by leading financial and real estate firms alike.

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