Negative growth. What a great and typical piece of economists’ jargon. I think they mean house prices actually fell last month. Not a surprise, as they seem to have continued to increase exponentially, defying supply-and-demand logic, given the number if new developments on every brown and green field and the huge hike in mortgage interest rates. Anecdotally, however, the picture is very different. Those trying to buy tell me they’re having to joino queues to view eligible properties, and that there’s still no chance of getting the house you want unless you offer over the asking-price odds. So I guess that’s the danger of averages and statistics, that, depending on the type and location of the place you’re trying to buy or sell, some are indeed damn lies Not much will really change until and if people start to lose their jobs; and that’s really not the way we want homes for our kids to become more affordable.
As rehearsed many times, I’ve been a house price doom-monger for many a month. As with those who forever forecast a stock market crash, it was inevitable that I would eventually be right. Stopped clock syndrome and all that.