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The Housing Market and Employment

Published On: August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am


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A report from the Nationwide Building Society makes for good reading for potential house-buyers, but could be unsettling for sellers.

The Housing Market and Employment

The Housing Market and Employment


Findings from the report show that house prices in the UK fell by 0.7% in July, with the average price of a property standing at £164,389.[1] This is a decrease in decline rate in comparison to July 2011, where house prices dropped by 1.5%.[1] Worryingly, this indicates the housing market is the weakest it has been since August 2009.

The housing market is intrinsically linked to employment. As such, a new scheme has been announced where businesses can obtain cheaper loans, giving them more money for new employees. It is hoped that the knock-on effect of this is that more people will be able to afford homes.

In addition, mortgage providers will be able to offer cut-price rates, which again will assist the housing market.

Slow growth

Despite this, chief lenders economist Robert Gardener has urged caution in the coming months. Gardener said: “With the Eurozone situation deteriorating again in recent weeks and few signs of recovery in domestic demand, we continue to expect only a modest recovery in the quarters ahead, both for the UK economy and the housing market.”[1]

Despite economic output being 4.5 percentage points lower than in 2008, there have been 250,000 new jobs created this year to date.[1] This is believed to have led to just a slight drop in property prices in comparison to countries such as the USA, where the market is over-valued.