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UK’s private housing worth more than the fortunes of ALL the world’s billionaires

Homeowners are sitting on a record property fortune of £5.6tn after house prices jumped by more than 50% during the past 10 years, according to Halifax.

That’s greater than the annual GDP of the UK, France and Italy COMBINED. Or to put it another way, the UK’s housing market is worth more than the fortunes of the world’s 1,810 billionaires added together.

The total value of the UK’s privately-owned homes has jumped by £1.9tn since 2006 alone, according to mortgage lender Halifax.

On an individual level, the value of the average property has climbed by £67,845 in the past 10 years, to stand at £241,682.

And in the past year alone, the value of private housing stock has grown by £337bn.

Why is this happening?

The impressive jump in housing wealth has been driven by a combination of rising house prices and increased levels of homeownership.

Property values have soared by 51% since 2006, significantly outpacing the retail price index, which has risen by just 33% during the same period.

At the same time, the number of privately-owned homes has risen by 1.8m to stand at 23.1m.

Who does it affect?

London and the south east have seen the biggest increases in housing wealth, with strong price gains matched by rising numbers of households.

In the capital, the value of privately-owned housing has more than doubled from £655bn to £1.3tn since 2006, while in the south east it has risen by 61% to stand at £402bn.

The east and Scotland have also seen strong gains at 60% and 51% respectively.

But the north-south gap has widened during the past decade, with the value of private homes in southern regions rising by 70%, compared with a gain of just 27% in northern ones.

As a result, the south’s share of total UK housing wealth has increased to 62%, up from 55% in 2006.

Sounds interesting. What’s the background?

Even once outstanding mortgage debt is taken into account, the amount of equity in private housing still stands at £4.2tn.

Housing equity has increased by £1.6tn since 2006, despite the fact that outstanding mortgage debt has also increased during the same period.

But while money owed through mortgages has risen by £264bn, the value of privately-owned housing has soared by seven times as much, increasing by £1.9tn.

Nearly one in three homeowners also now owns their property outright with no mortgage debt at all.

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2 in 5 British home-owners decided their home was the one for them before they even got past the hallway, new research by Rightmove can reveal.
The research highlights the impulsive nature that many home-hunters apply to one of life’s major purchase decisions, and underlines the narrow time-frame sellers have to land the right first impression in the challenging UK property market.

 

Rightmove surveyed over 3,000 consumers as part of our Market Intelligence campaign, quizzing respondents on when they knew the property they own was the right home for them.

 

29% admitted they made up their minds either when they first arrived, or when they first set foot in the door
8% stated they decided after seeing the property online
4% after seeing the property advertised in a newspaper
41% of home-owners decided to buy the house they live in before getting past the hallway
Similar results were seen for those currently renting:
42% of tenants made up their minds before going past the hallway.

 

Rightmove director Miles Shipside comments:
“It’s strange to think that one of life’s most important purchasing decisions can be made before going past the hallway. Nothing stirs the emotions of the British public quite like home-hunting and many buyers already have a picture in their heads of their ‘dream home’ as they begin the property search process. When a property ticks all the right boxes straight away, many buyers can make quick, emotionally-led decisions. A further third of buyers made their decision to purchase at some stage during the first viewing, so stirring those initial emotions is vital but it is important to cover all bases and deliver a good all-round property-viewing experience.”

 

The results of Rightmove’s survey may concern sellers about how to make the right first impression and capture those 2 in 5 home-buyers who make impulsive, emotionally-led decisions based on early information, as well as capture the imagination of the 1 in 3 who decide during the first viewing. To help, Rightmove is launching a major new consumer campaign called Market Intelligence, aimed at providing vendors and landlords with tips and market data on how to sell and let their property this summer.