Tuesday, 12 April 2016

What would Brexit mean to the 19,000 Aylesbury Property owners?

If you read all the newspapers, the Brexit debate seems to be focused solely on central London. Many commentators have said Brexit would mean central London would have a lower standing in the world, meaning less people would be employed in Central London, with the implication of lower wages, fewer jobs etc., in Central London ... but we are in Aylesbury, not Marylebone, Mayfair.

Now on the run up to the vote on the 23rd of June, I predict the ‘in’ camp will start to scare homeowners with forecasts of negative equity, and the ‘out’ camp will appeal to the 20 somethings, who have been priced out of the property market with the prospect of a new era of inexpensive housing, should the fears of central London estate agents and developers, who believe the bottom will fall out of the market if we do leave, become real. The reason the Mayfair’s, Knightsbridge’s, and Kensington’s of central London are attractive to foreign buyers are political and economic stability, an open and honest legal system and a lively cultural life. None of that is threatened by Brexit.
... But again, we are in Aylesbury and central London is 51 miles away. We are home to Jonathan Dimbleby, the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery and the Aylesbury Duck, and whilst the central London property market exploded after 2009, that explosion really did not affect the Aylesbury property market. So, putting central London aside, what would an ‘in’ or ‘out’ vote really mean for the 19,000 property owners of Aylesbury? 

Initially, over the coming months, on the run up to referendum, I believe it will be like the run up to last year’s General Election. With the short-term uncertainty in the country, quite often, big decisions are put on ice and people are less likely to make big money purchases i.e. buy a property. However, in the four months up to last year’s Election, property values in Aylesbury increased by 0.66%, not bad for a country that thought it might get a hung parliament! 
Post vote, should the UK opt to leave Brussels, there would be a much more noteworthy impact. I believe that a vote to stay in the EU would see the Aylesbury property market return to a status quo very quickly, but the contrasting result could lead to some changes. The principal threat to the Aylesbury (and UK) housing market could be an upward variation in interest rates. This could theoretically see the cost of mortgages grow swiftly, pricing many out of the market … but then two thirds of landlords buy without a mortgage, so that will not affect them. According to the Bank of England, 80.33% of all new mortgages taken out in 2015 were fixed rate. Looking at all mortgages as a whole, according to the Bank of England, 44% of all UK mortgagees have a fixed rate mortgage, but 56% don’t, so if you are not on a fixed rate ... talk to your mortgage broker now, because they can only go in one direction!
In reality, if I really knew what will happen, I would not be a letting agent in Aylesbury, but a City Whiz Kid in London earning millions. I suspect whatever decision the electorate of Aylesbury and the country as a whole makes, over the long term it will not have a major effect on the Aylesbury property market. We have seen off ‘the end of the world’ credit crunch of 2008/9 and subsequent property crash, the 1988 Nigel Lawson induced post dual-MIRAS property crash, the 1979 Winter of Discontent property crash, the 1974 oil crisis that stimulated another property crash ... we can even go back nearly a century with the 1926 post General Strike slump in property prices... 

Today, property prices are 127.87% higher than 20 years ago in Aylesbury and are 3.6% higher than 12 months ago. So, make your own decision on 23rd of June 2016 safe in the knowledge that whatever the result, there might be some short term volatility in the Aylesbury property market, but in the long term (and property investment is a long term strategy) there are not enough houses in Aylesbury to live in either to buy or rent … and until the Government allow more properties to be built – the Aylesbury property market, will be just fine ... even if it has a little blip in the summer.
For more advice and opinion on the Aylesbury property market, even where those buy to let bargains could be found now ... visit  theaylesburypropertyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ 

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