New Homes Commentary June 2010

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May's prices suggest a small rise year on year which Smart New Homes is getting quite excited about, however it's clear that prices are better than last year, but they aren't really moving forward at a pace.

The Marketing Director, Steve Lees suggests that it is mortgage lenders holding back new build prices as they are "undervaluing new homes and setting unreasonable lending criteria". He boldy states "mortgage providers are effectively holding homebuyers to ransom".

It's true that mortgage lenders are probably being somewhat overly cautious, especially when it comes to new build. In theory we'd think the banks understood the property market. For some very odd reason, banks were happy to lend on properties which it was clear to professionals were overvalued prior to the credit crunch and now, when new builds are actually very good value for money they are demanding high deposits (up to 40% for new builds).

When you consider what a huge shortage of supply we have of new build properties now and over the next few years ,this seems crazy. They seem to lend when it's reckless and not lend when it's perfectly OK to do so - go figure!

According to Smartnewhomes index, semi detached properties are the most popular followed by townhouses. Simon Bexon from Smartnew homes suggests that "Detached homes on smaller developments within commuting distance of larger regional towns, London or hte South East's airports are holding their own".

Regional Performance
With new build prices overall on the increase this month, it's amazing to see how regionally biased the growth is. Areas such as Greater London which had been growing in price by great guns is now posting a 9.7% DECREASE year on year. Growth areas this month include South West at +10.7% YoY; East Anglia at +8% YoY; Yorks and Humber at +7% and Scotland at +4% YoY.

Areas that are not performing this month include the West Midlands which is down a huge 17% YoY followed by Greater London down 9.7% YoY and the South East, down 5.1% YoY

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New Homes Data from Smartnewhomes

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

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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