Tory Win Will Encourage U.K. House-Price Gains, Rightmove Says


(Bloomberg) -- U.K. house prices should rise by 2% next year on the back of Boris Johnson’s election win, according to property website operator Rightmove.

That’s still a relatively small increase and there will be regional variations, the firm said in a report published Monday. It sees the biggest gains coming in northerly regions, compared to a more modest rise in the south, where potential buyers already face extremely high prices. Home values in London will probably increase by 1%, the first gain since 2016, Rightmove said.

Tory Win Will Encourage U.K. House-Price Gains, Rightmove Says

Prices in Britain have been hit by years of political uncertainty surrounding the country’s exit from the European Union, especially in the capital. Johnson’s party won a landslide victory in a snap election last week, giving him more scope to implement his plans for Brexit.

Market volatility continued in December, when asking prices in London fell by 1.5% from a month earlier, and dipped by 0.9% nationally, Rightmove said, That’s the smallest decrease for the time of year since December 2006, though, showing that sellers think demand is strong.

Low interest rates, high employment and wage growth should all help affordability, Rightmove said. A continued lack of supply will probably underpin prices.

“With a large majority there is a higher possibility of an end to the series of Brexit deadlines, and the prospect of an orderly resolution,” said Miles Shipside, Rightmove director. “The greater certainty afforded by a majority government gives an opportunity for a more active spring moving season, with some release of several years of pent-up demand.”

A separate report from Acadata showed that house prices rose 0.6% in November from a year earlier, and that transactions for that time of year were the lowest since 2012.

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