When most people hear the phrase – interest rate rise, they immediately panic and worry about higher bills and extra expenses at the end of each month, then have a good rant about how horrid and expensive everything is getting. Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and the good news is this could do a lot of good for the housing market.
It’s no secret that we have had it good for a long time. Interest rates through the pandemic have been at an all-time low. In fact, many argue that they have been so good that it’s been too much of a good thing. We all know too much of a good thing has bad consequences!
Many experts have said that because interest rates have been so low, it has caused the instability that we have endured this year with nine consecutive rises.
So how is this good news for you?
Mortgage interest rates are falling and are set to fall further.
This small increase in the base interest rate should not affect your mortgage interest rate. In fact, interest rates for mortgages are steadily falling, with some experts predicting that five-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rates will gradually decrease in 2023, before settling below 4%. So don’t worry about higher base rate interest rates, they do not always directly affect your mortgage interest rate.
The base rate set by the Bank of England has peaked for this year. Therefore, 2023 should offer much more stability, certainly for the first quarter. This will mean a more stable housing market, which means buyers and sellers can remain confident about making their moves. It should also mean that the 2023 housing market will get off to a good start!
As mortgage markets rebalance, property markets stabilise instead of enduring instability. More realistic and stable interest rates returning to the levels of pre-pandemic norms encourage long-term confidence and investment. That means you can move and invest, taking the long-term view that there will be fewer bumps in the road.
Demand is still strong
Forgetting the world’s current obsession with interest rates, perhaps it’s easy to overlook the obvious. The demand for property is still relatively high compared to the shortage in supply. You don’t need to be an economist to know that this will keep house prices healthy!
The future is looking good
With strong demand, stability, and confidence all looking promising, now is a great time to start putting your future property plans into action.
Demand for rented accommodation is still growing and is likely to continue that way, offering very healthy investment opportunities, even if there are more challenging times ahead.
Even if house prices fall in the next 1-2 years, over the next five years, many expect house prices to gradually and steadily grow.
Putting the onus on quality and a healthy, long-term, and sustainable investment is the way of the future. Making houses and rented accommodations more desirable means improving the quality of life, instead of making a quick profit.
Are you looking to move home, make your first step on the property ladder, or want to invest in a great buy-to-let opportunity? Contact Durrants today.
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