New Built Houses

New Build House Prices January 2011

Despite a good month for developers in November, December showed a real slowdown in activity. Prices fell slightly, but not significantly and buyers are definitely holding back encouraged by 'media doom and gloom' and for the new build sector, hampered by difficulties in getting finance for new builds.

New homes' prices are likely to stay fairly constant this year, still making a new build home a good purchase - especially as they are built to high eco friendly standards so on-going utlity bills are likely to be lower.

According to Steve Lees, Smart New Homes Sales and Marketing Director, "The industry continues to operate at about half capacity and there is little hope of this changing while planning law remains in upheaval. Once the Localism Bill becomes law, we remain sceptical about its effectiveness to drive through development locally, especially in more rural areas, once communities are given the power to prevent it."

So for now, anyone hoping for lots of new builds to flood the market and bring down property prices, they are likely to be sorely disappointed. Stock levels in areas where the economy continues to recover are likely to be restricted not just this year, but the years to come, meaning when the economy does start to recover, prices are likely to continue to rise beyond 2007 levels and in some areas cause 'market spikes' as people compete for housing once again.  

Areas such as London (-31% YoY) seem to have taken a bit of a pummelling this month, but this happened before and it was just a 'monthly anomaly'. Other areas that aren't doing well this month are North West (-7.2%) anad even Scotland, normally a consistently good performer, is down -5.4% YoY

In comparison, good performers this month include Wales +9% YoY and Yorks and Humber +8.7% YoY.

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New Homes Data from Smartnewhomes

Statistic MeasureAug 10Sep 10Oct 10Nov 10Dec 10
Average new home price£219,629£222,561£212,103£220,654£222,069
Monthly % change+0.9%+1.3%-4.7%+4.0%-0.3%
Three monthly change-0.4%+2.2%-2.6%+0.5%-1.1%
Annual % change+1.2%+4.9%-1.3%+1.1%-0.2%

Statistic MeasureFeb 10Mar 10Apr 10May 10June 10July 10
Average new home price£215,186£216,188£220,190£220,464£217,845£217,660
Monthly % change-1.6%+0.5%+1.9%+0.1%-1.2%-0.1%
Three monthly change-1.4%-2.0%+0.7%+2.5%+0.8%-1.1%
Annual % change-5.6%-1.8%-0.3%+2.1%+1.4%+2.5%

Statistic MeasureAug 09Sep 09Oct 09Nov 09Dec 09Jan 10
Average new home price£217,058£212,124£214,909£218,160£220,537£218,575
Monthly % change+2.2%-2.3%+1.3%+1.5%+1.1%-0.9%
Three monthly change+0.6%-1.3%+1.2%+0.5%+4.0%+1.7%
Annual % change-10.4%-10.2%-7.5%-3.7%-2.6%-1.4%

Statistic MeasureFeb 09Mar 09Apr 09May 09Jun 09Jul 09
Average new home price£227,893£220,128£220,955£215,857£214,846£212,440
Monthly % change+2.8%-3.4%+0.4%-2.3%-0.5%-1.1%
Three monthly change+0.6%-2.8%-0.3%-5.3%-2.4%-3.9%
Annual % change-9.6%-13.2%-13.0%-15.3%-13.7%-13.6%
Useful article to read - UK house building levels rise

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