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Property Development Finance: September 2016-7

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A Market Boom for First-Time Buyers Expected for 2019

It’s been over two and a half years since the British public voted to leave the EU in June 2016. Since then, the UK property market has responded well, surprising industry experts. More importantly, the market has welcomed a mini-boom for first-time buyers.

According to UK Finance, London has seen the highest levels of first-time buyers since 2015. Over 365,000 first-time buyers were recorded last year, the highest level across the UK since 2006. With property prices expected to slow down in growth, we expect an increased demand for new, smaller builds for first-time buyers, welcoming news for property developers.


Three months on from the EU referendum vote, we take a look at property development finance options and what changes we have seen since the vote to leave.

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On the 24th June, the decision had been made to leave the European Union and some companies began to panic. Large lenders and banks immediately began to stop lending, but their read of the market was purely pessimistic.

At Hunter Finance, we suddenly saw an influx of enquiries for property development finance in the south-east of England. Developers were keen to secure the financial future of their developments, with a strong belief that the property market would remain stable.

The post-Brexit property market

Last month, the Office of National Statistics released the latest house price index figures for July. The figures were the first to show what impact Brexit has had on the market.

Annual house price growth remained above 8% within the UK, which was good news for property developers. A continued rise in house prices endorses property as a great addition to an investment portfolio.

As we deal with property development finance within the south-east of England, we can see a much brighter outlook for the property market compared to areas north of London. House prices continue to rise at over 12% a year. This is mainly due to the commuter communities that continue to grow south of the capital and the lack of housing to accommodate them. Profitability in mind, the south-east remains a very stable market to invest in.

Property Development Finance going forward

At Hunter Finance, we continue to offer our bespoke property development finance, and that won’t change. The property market in the south-east is expanding and growing rapidly. The latest facts and research are showing that houses continue to be in high demand.

While this can not be said for the rest of the country, London will always be in dire need of housing. That was never going to change, something that has been realised by the recent house price index figures that have been released for the post Brexit market.

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