What the South Coast property market looks like in 2023
Home-movers were on their toes in 2022, quick to snap up their dream south coast home. The south coast property market continued to boom over the year, only showing signs of change toward the latter part of the year.
After a very busy couple of years with demand rising and house prices on the up, we expect this year to be a bit steadier. Overall, UK house prices are predicted to fall by an average of 5% next year. But in more affordable areas, we might not see too much of a change.
In a wildly competitive marketplace, the next 12 months will all be about timing and finding value for money. Here, we take a look through some of the key things to watch out for in 2023.
Waiting on interest rates
Figures show that many people are ready to strike – but might be waiting on interest rates. Four in ten first time buyers with plans to buy have already got their deposit ready.
The latest thinking from experts is that interest rates will continue to rise in 2023 – with the Bank of England base rate potentially peaking at around 4.5% in the summer. It may take some time to come back down again, so if you think you’ve found your dream property, act now to secure a better rate from lenders.
The Bank of England announce any interest rate rises following their regular meetings, which take place every six weeks. Some dates for your diary:
- 2 February
- 23 March
- 11 May
- 22 June
- 3 August
- 21 September
- 2 November
- 14 December
Support for buyers
There’s some welcome news for buyers, though. The government’s 95% mortgage scheme has been extended until December 2023, which means home-movers can buy a home with just a 5% deposit on homes worth up to £600,000.
The scheme can be used by first-time buyers and people wanting to trade up the property ladder on newbuild or existing properties – but the home must be bought with a repayment mortgage, not an interest-only mortgage.
What’s more, the stamp duty cut has been extended until April 2025, meaning nobody will pay the tax on homes worth up to £250,000 and first-time buyers won’t pay it on homes worth up to £425,000.
Generation rent need to be quick off the mark
With the interest rates rising steadily over the last 12 months, people eager to move are turning to the rental market as an alternative. According to Rightmove, rental enquiries shot up by 23% last year. But with fewer rental properties available, people will need to act fast to secure a property they’re interested in.
Character properties v modern features
While it’s lovely to look at a 200-year-old cottage in the country, it’s sometimes not practical to live in – especially with energy bills as they are.
Research by Help me Fix shows that almost three quarters of homeowners see energy efficiency as a key driver in their search for a new property.
Good solid insulation, often more prevalent in newer properties, is key to any energy-efficient home, but added features like solar panels and renewable heating systems may also play a part in the modern-day search. All-time online searches for ‘solar panels’ peaked in August last year, so we expect the hunt for added value to continue in 2023.
Flats and apartments – which are usually cheaper to run – are likely to see a rise in demand, too.
City living making a comeback
The pandemic saw the big retreat into the countryside, with remote working on the rise. Now, as employers move to a more hybrid approach, people are reassessing their options.
Affordable areas within commuting distance to cities are likely to make a comeback in popularity in 2023. As this trend sets in, it’ll be important to show south coast homes off to their potential, with features like home offices, good networks, and transport links key. For some handy tips, read our blog about how to attract the modern homebuyer.
Downsizing to beat inflation
With some homeowners feeling the squeeze, it might be time to loosen the purse-strings by downsizing to free up some cash. This will particularly suit empty nesters with too much space on their hands.