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The UK property market continues to be a hot topic and with good reason. There’s a lot to unpack this March, from inflation and interest rates to house prices and government reforms. Here’s a breakdown of the key trends impacting the market.

Inflation Jitters

While inflation remains stubbornly high around 4.1%, there’s some good news. The recent tax hikes on tobacco and alcohol are seen as artificial inflators, and many experts predict a dip in inflation over the coming months.

Technical Recession? Don’t Panic (Yet)

The UK may be in a technical recession, but most experts believe it will be short-lived. However, a recession can dampen property market activity as businesses potentially lay off staff who may struggle with rent or mortgage payments.

Interest Rates on Hold (For Now)

The Bank of England’s interest rate sits at 5.25% and is likely to stay put. However, securing a mortgage might be getting trickier. Lenders are no longer as competitive as they were in the past, pushing mortgage rates upwards.

House Prices See Uptick, But Caution Advised

Homeowners can rejoice – house prices rose 0.7% in February! But with rising mortgage rates, this trend may not last. Potential buyers may find themselves priced out as affordability becomes a bigger concern.

Leasehold Reform

A Mixed Bag: The government’s Leasehold Reform Act is under debate, but some key proposals have been watered down. While some reforms are positive, many are disappointed about the lack of progress on abolishing ground rent and marriage value.

Government Unveils Deposit Help Scheme

Looking to get on the property ladder? The government’s new scheme allows first-time buyers to snag a new-build property with just a 1% deposit. This could provide a much-needed boost for those struggling to save a hefty down payment.

Staying Informed and Taking Action

The UK property market is dynamic. Keep yourself updated by following reputable property news sources and attending relevant webinars or seminars. By staying informed, you can make well-considered decisions when it comes to buying, selling, or investing in property.

Considering a Property Move?

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or a first-time buyer, navigating the UK property market requires knowledge and guidance. Here at GrowYourBNB, we’re passionate about empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their property journeys. Explore our website for insightful resources, market analysis, and expert advice.  We can also connect you with trusted local property professionals to ensure a smooth and successful experience.

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