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UNDERSTANDING HOUSE PRICING: KEY FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE MARKET VALUE

The housing market has seen some drastic changes in the past few decades. We’ve probably all heard and seen the many memes circling the internet of how the elderly can now sit and enjoy retirement as they can sell their house for thousands of dollars, while it only cost them a fraction of that price 40 years ago. The whole thing has been taken out of proportion as inflation played a big part, and the housing market has fluctuated mostly because of it. But inflation is not the sole reason why we’re facing a difficult time when it comes to paying for a property; there is also the expansion of cities, the influx of many migrants coming to the country from all over the globe and staying permanently, and many other factors influencing the final pricing of a regular family home. Of course, we’ll get into more detail about it in the text below so it’s worth taking some time off and learning something new about house pricing and maybe you can even predict some future changes depending on the situation now and before.

Location

Of course, the price of the home depends on the specific area and location. The location itself isn’t as important as the relative distance of the location to some main administrative and educational institutions. The nearer schools, hospitals, and other government buildings are, the higher the market value and price. The convenience of the location is the sole reason why it might jump in price over time.

But that’s not always the case; sometimes remote places far away from any nearby city can be quite expensive and the reasons vary. It might be a tourist destination with beautiful natural resorts nearby, it might also be simply an attractive location for the upper echelon of society and a part where usually the rich buy the property and live. It also might have cultural significance depending on the location’s position about local legends, folklore, and general history. So, all in all, when we say location, it comes down to many factors. Safety is also another factor influencing the price, as most suburban areas are well-known for their general safety and often the neighborhood watches give you a sense of security for your home and your family.

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Economic Conditions

The economy plays a huge role when it comes to the housing market. In times of modest prosperity and economic growth where employment rates rise and incomes generally increase, we naturally have a higher demand for housing, and people are buying property more. The more it’s being bought, the higher the prices become, as the increase in demand is creating a competitive environment and people are ready to pay more than they usually would just to have their dream home.

Now, conversely the same applies to times of economic decline and a fall in job prospects and employment rates. If you’re not sure what the situation is right now, you can always do your research, look up UK home value trends, and inform yourself about the housing situation a few years ago and now. The idea is simply that, by looking at the fluctuation of the market, you can predict to a certain degree what the situation will be like soon. Although there are always exceptions to the general rule, in most cases, history has a way of repeating itself, and you can avoid making bad financial decisions by simply looking at the past 5 years.

Sudden Changes in Market Demand

One factor we can never predict is natural disasters and pandemics. Take for example the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. It completely changed the whole market dynamic and disrupted buyers and agents from making purchases and sales. Natural disasters have the same effect; they disrupt the natural environment and can cause serious damage to the whole infrastructure of the home, making it less attractive and affecting the price. Especially near the shoreline, as right now we’re losing a lot of shoreline land due to constant erosion of the soil, with whole chunks of land being simply washed away by the ocean.

Supply and Demand

If mercantile capitalism has taught us anything since it emerged as an economic and business model a few hundred years ago, it is that a product is only as valuable as its demand. The demand itself doesn’t affect the price as much as the supply. For example, the demand for a regular toothbrush is extremely high but that alone doesn’t make the toothbrush worth a small fortune and the reason behind it is simple- the production costs. In the case of the toothbrush, the production cost and overall value don’t exceed its profit and selling price. But in the case of houses, if new properties aren’t being built all the time, the current properties sitting as they are will see an increase in market price and value. In other words, the balance between the number of available properties and the number of potential buyers is a delicate one that directly influences market value.

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Interest Rates

The older generation probably remembers the banking crises of 2008 and how the low interest rates and high mortgage demand created a bubble ready to blow up any second. The idea is simple: low interest rates make people get more mortgages and so consumers spend more money buying more property, making the demand for real estate higher, directly affecting the price.

Property Condition and Government Policies

Another factor influencing the price of the housing market is the general condition of the properties and the chances of selling them. The better the condition, the better the chances of selling them and turning a profit, and vice versa. In terms of government policies, the main concern is that tax incentives on property, housing subsidies, and zoning laws can either boost or hinder property values. All this can affect the price and the demand, making it easier to buy and sell property.

It’s a bit more complicated than it seems and often pinpointing one factor is almost impossible as they all play a role and influence the final price. In the end, you’ll have to consider almost all the factors before getting into real estate as a career goal or simply buying a property as an owner.

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