Average house prices in many Western European countries are at very high levels in relation to average household income and there is now widespread concern about the possibility of a repeat of the crash of the late1980s/early 1990s.
This argument is not a new one, however, and the underlying economic and financial environment is very different from that of 15 years ago – the economies are in much better shape, with labour markets stronger and inflation lower, while current borrowing costs bear no relation to their inflated levels during the last recession.
Indeed, it is the relationship between borrowing costs and income – rather than between income and house prices – that is the more important. In this regard, interest rates remain very low and mortgage repayments as a percentage of household income are not excessive.
A flattening of prices is a more likely scenario although the fact that more and more households (especially in the UK and Ireland) regard residential property as a more attractive investment option than equities and a safer bet than their shrinking pensions means that prices have arguably been artificially driven to some extent – i.e. not by underlying occupier demand but rather by investor appetite.
The combination of rising interest rates and slowing price growth will act as a brake on markets and in particular, the investor buyers who have to a large extent been responsible for driving up prices in many markets and who are likely to seek better opportunities in other asset classes as markets show signs of overheating.
Notwithstanding, you will oblige a movement master to bear on the real estate conveyancing obligations for your benefit.If we consider the potential downside for a moment, it is true that overall household debt is high. However, a widespread housing market crash is extremely unlikely given current circumstances.