The average asking price of property in Northampton increased by 0.8% or £2,268 compared to a year ago, with particularly good demand from landlords and home-movers in the first few months of the year. This takes the current average asking price to £272,196, compared with £269,928 this time last year.
The rise in asking prices is being aggravated by buyers jumping into action and looking to benefit from potential stamp duty savings (especially first-time buyers) or beat impending mortgage interest rate rises later in 2018. Of the numerous Northampton buyers starting their property hunting in the usually active Spring market this year, many face paying even more than ever for the property of their dreams, although as I mentioned a few weeks ago, there are more properties for sale in Northampton compared to 12 months ago.
Looking at the different sectors of the Northampton property market, splitting it down into property types, one can see what is happening to each sector of the market with regard to their average asking prices now compared to a year ago. Firstly, looking at the Pound note amounts…
Interestingly, when one looks at the percentages, the most upward average asking price pressure is in the Detached property type sector.
Now, I must stress this growth in the asking prices of Northampton property doesn’t mean the value of Northampton property is going up by the same amount… nothing could be further from the truth. Only time will tell if the current levels of Northampton asking prices is a catch-up abnormality after a couple of months of restrained asking price rises in the first few months of 2018, or is it an initial sign that we are in for a better 2018 Northampton property market than all of us were expecting at the start of the year?
I believe these asking prices must be viewed with a pinch of salt, as it will be fascinating to see whether Northampton properties actually sell at these higher asking prices. Just because house sellers (be they owner-occupiers or landlords liquidating their assets) are asking for more money it doesn’t mean buyers will be enthusiastic to part with their hard earned cash. Like my Mum and Dad used to say to me, all those years ago, “You can ask… but you might not get”.
Also, Northampton homeowners and landlords wanting to sell their property need to be aware of progressively strained buyer mortgage affordability and the more those sellers increase asking prices, the more buyers will hit their maximum on the amount they are able borrow on a mortgage.
However, those Northampton buyers who need a mortgage (be they owner-occupier or landlord), will paradoxically benefit from lower mortgage payments before interest rates rise… maybe another reason for the uplift in the number of first time buyers and landlords buying? Only time will tell!