Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), and CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he is one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data and charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, and author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' and 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - & author of Things That Make You Go of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, MacroBusiness.

Friday, 31 October 2014

UK house prices +0.5% m/m (+9.0% y/y)

UK house prices continue in October...but momentum fading

The UK housing market continued to rise in October, up by 0.5 percent in the month and up by 9 percent over the past year.

However, momentum definitely appears to be fading as mortgage approvals decline. 

Positive indicators

On the plus side employment is rising and many of the economic indicators look strong enough.

Furthermore, mortgages are just so darned cheap. 

The average 2 year fixed rate in Britain for those with a 25 percent deposit is now an absurdly cheap 2.46 percent.

A massive 95 percent of lending to first time buyers in the UK is now on fixed rates.

We also recently saw the introduction of an unprecedented 0.99 percent fixed rate mortgage from HSBC. 

Despite this, around 60 percent of outstanding mortgages are on variable rates, but most borrowers are well placed to cope with likely hikes in 2015.

The Bank of England has admitted that interest rates will peak at lower levels in the cycle ahead as lower interest are the "new normal" (quote). 

London leads

This has largely been a London (and Home Counties) recovery, with not very much to write home about in the regions located away from London. London prices are 21 percent higher than one year ago.

However price action and transaction levels in most of the regions has remained very slow compared to the heady pre-crisis days when spiralling household debt pushed prices higher almost everywhere.

The good times of easy gains for most regional towns are probably in the past, I'd suggest.

Interestingly, Northern Ireland index has rebounded to 346.5 (index: 1993 = 100) after having collapsed by more than 50 percent from an impressively ridiculous bubble peak of 659.4.

People like to talk about bubbles in Australia, but in truth Australian dwelling prices over the past 10 years have been far from spectacular, increasingly only moderately ahead of incomes in most cases.