House prices will rise between 3% & 5% across the UK next year, according to figures released by one of the major high street banks.
If these figures are achieved it follows the trend of last year, the report states increase in values could be stifled by the possibility of interest rate rises. Another factor that could possibly slow growth down is first time buyers being unable to get onto the property ladder.
As an expat with property in the UK if you compare this annual growth to what could be achieve from an investment in any high street bank, property looks a particularly good bet indeed.
Interestingly the report states they expect growth to slow slightly more in central London than elsewhere. The reason for this is the sheer lack of earnings to meet the rising costs of property. People looking to move into London and the surrounding areas just cannot get jobs that pay enough to support any form of mortgage.
Property in very short supply
There has been and still is a shortage of supply which constrains activity in the housing market and levels of house building remain low.
It is believed due to the shortage of property available that house prices will remain stable for the foreseeable future which spells good news for expats with property in the UK.
Mortgages for the Expat
Expat mortgages remain relatively easy to obtain with a good selection of products available. This is expected to remain constant for the coming year with the prospect of two new lenders entering the market.
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