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Finance Monthly – Your Thoughts: The Long-Term Impact Of Brexit

Despite finishing 2016 reasonably strongly, the outlook is bleak as the weak pound continues to push up inflation. The UK risk outlook is expected to deteriorate still further from the two downgrades made since the EU referendum, and although uncertainty looms, the immediate impact of the vote has already taken shape. But what about its impact in the long term?

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To answer the question about what Britain’s industries, markets, and sectors beyond financial services will be affected in the long run, Finance Monthly has heard ‘Your Thoughts’, and formulated a rundown of your expert opinions on what to expect months, even years from now.

Charles Fletcher, Head of Analysis, Cogress:

“We’ve now entered the month Theresa May pledged to trigger Article 50 and initiate the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). This means it’s time to critically assess the long-term impact of Brexit on the UK’s property market. The shocking result of the 2016 June referendum introduced a greater degree of uncertainty to the UK economy and property market. The weakened sterling and rising consumer inflation combined with the higher stamp duty tax has meant buyers, investors, and developers are exercising more caution.

Over the next few years, weaker economic growth and increasing pressure on spending power will undoubtedly dampen some housing demand and consequently, lower house price growth rates. It’s hard to predict what the long-term effects of Brexit without knowing the kind of trade deal we secure with the EU. However, that’s not say there aren’t already signs giving us an indication of what the future of the property market will look like. In fact, the latest Halifax House Price Index showed just how resilient UK property prices have been in the face of multiple tax changes and the looming Brexit. There’s good reason to be cautiously optimistic about what the state of the property market ten years on from Brexit.

Firstly, low levels of supply will continue to buoy housing prices and stoke buyer demand across the UK. People looking for better yields and investments will look for new locations as business slows in central London. This means we’ll see greater interest in areas & cities outside inner London like Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, and Bristol. Compounding this is the vulnerable, depreciating pound that has made the exchange rate on UK property very favourable for foreign buyers in China and the Middle East. Even if domestic and EU buyers remain indecisive about whether to dive into the property market, many other foreign buyers see central London and other UK cities as stable property assets in the long-term.

We have also heard overblown fears over the number of banking and business jobs that the country will lose when we exit the EU. The UK remains one of the top three cities to invest in (behind the US and China), partly attributed to London’s global position as a leading business and cultural hub. While Brexit may have some influence, there is no evidence to suggest that London’s position is likely to change in any dramatic fashion over the next ten years. As the indicators for our nation’s economy continue to be strong, we will see the same in the property market.

While 2016 made clear the prediction game is never certain, the strong fundamentals of the UK’s property market will help it navigate the short-term volatility Brexit will bring to our economy. Meaning Brexit is actually an opportunity for buyers & investors willing to take the long-term view on a market that has historically been the nation’s most resilient in times of turbulence.”

*As published at the Finance Monthly b in March 2017. Please find the rest of the article here.

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2017-08-03T14:20:24+00:00