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Guild’s first-time buyer market snapshot reveals Brexit divide

first_imgBrexit has divided the nation along political and geographic lines and that includes the property industry, research by the Guild of Property Professionals reveals.The stark division between agents enjoying thriving trading conditions despite Brexit uncertainty, and those coping with subdued markets is highlighted by the Guild’s latest National Advisory Council (NAC) update on the first time buyer market.“Over the past couple of years, the government’s initiatives to increase first-time buyer activity in the market has borne fruit with the numbers of first-time buyers at a 12-year high,” says Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild.“However, concerns regarding Brexit and its implications on the housing market has had an impact and first-time buyer numbers have dwindled in certain areas.”Leave and remainBut comments from members of the NAC reveal a clear difference between agents operating in remain and leave areas.This includes largely urban remain voting areas including London and Brighton & Hove as well as Newcastle upon Tyne, one of the North East’s few remain strongholds. These areas are seeing decreasing first time buyer activity, the Guild members say.But agents from its NAC operating in leave dominated areas including Wakefield, Bedfordshire, Wales, North Devon and Somerset say first time buyers are generally ignoring the ‘Brexit blues’.“First-time buyers are not worried in the slightest by Brexit, as employment levels are stable,” says Simon Miller of Holroyd Miller in Wakefield (left).“Brexit has not had a great impact on the area overall and first-time buyers are carrying on as they always have, with no hesitation.”Holroyd Miller Brexit The Guild of Property Professionals March 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Guild’s first-time buyer market snapshot reveals Brexit divide previous nextAssociations & BodiesGuild’s first-time buyer market snapshot reveals Brexit divideComments from organisation’s National Advisory Committee on first time buyer activity reveals a tale of two markets.Nigel Lewis7th March 20190753 Viewslast_img read more

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