Brexit – what you need to know about it
Almost a month now since the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU, creating political seizures in its aftermath: the resignation of the Prime Minister, Scotland stating it wants to remain as part of the EU, along with Northern Ireland.
Political casualties aside, there have been tremors felt across the financial market.
Looking at the FTSE 100 index, in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, it fell dramatically but has since shown some tentative signs of recovery, unlike the FTSE 250 (which has more UK companies) which is only slowly catching up.. This has not recovered as well as the FTSE 100 index.
As well as collateral damage to the FTSE index, property construction companies and banks have been wounded.
Sterling has crashed to a 31 year low against the dollar and its fall continues.
In the domestic property market, there has been nervousness.
Some estate agents and new home developers are reporting a sluggish market, with lower listing activity, with some clients withdrawing from buying, with several purchasers even triggering Brexit clauses that were being offered on some new build developments.
Housing stock, generally, remains low.
Agents, though, speak positively of the large volume of property sales in late March and early April caused by the revised Stamp Duty charges. There is anticipation of a “Brexit bounce” which we will refer to again later.
Aviva (along with Standard Life) has suspended withdrawals from their commercial investment funds, prompted by investors edging funds away from the commercial sector.
There is however some market optimism amongst this investment gloom: potentially discounted properties in London could attract many overseas investors.
This optimism stems from the rising value of the dollar v sterling, which may attract overseas investors to London in search of possible discounted properties.
Called the “Brexit bounce”, there is widespread anticipation of recovery in the property market.
In the shorter term, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is predicting price falls, though this dip is anticipated to be brief, with many investment experts predicting recovery, and property still being regarded as a good investment.
Brexit has led to uncertainty and nervousness across Europe, but Agile Property Partners firmly believe that uncertainty can create opportunity.
We will continue to monitor the investment market, looking for attractive investment returns whilst minimising risk.
If you’d like to know more, contact us today.
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