Guernsey Housing In High Demand

By Editorial 17 August, 2011

Average property prices in Guernsey rose by 7.7% in the second quarter of 2011, compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to data released this week by the States of Guernsey.

The average price of properties sold now stands at GBP427,226, up from GBP424,714 at the end of March. Minus fixture and fittings, the price for property alone stood at just under GBP418,000, compared to approximately GBP410,000 three months ago.

There were a total of 252 local market house sales during the period, up from 165 at the end of March 2011. Over a twelve month period to the end of June 2011, the volume of sales was up by 21. Within these figures, the number of transactions for apartments, bungalows and three-bed houses all rose, but volumes for two- and four-bed houses eased very slightly. Average deposits contributed by buyers stood at 21%, meaning the average purchase was funded with a 79% mortgage loan.

Commenting on the latest Guernsey housing data, Nigel Pascoe, Director of Lending for Skipton International, the Guernsey and Jersey mortgage specialists, said: “This quarter, as well as a welcome continuation in the upward trend of values, we have seen a significant jump in the volume of houses sold, which is a strong indicator of confidence in the market. The rise from 165 transactions to 252 over a period of just three months is important, as it was achieved across the market as a whole, with the biggest jump in financial terms coming in the GBP300,000 to GBP399,000 category, where transaction numbers jumped from 38 to 64.”

In the UK as a whole, according to the UK Land Registry, over the year to June 2011, prices fell back 2.5%, but they remained static between May and June. Over the year, the London region was the only one to show any gain, with a modest 0.8% recorded, whilst all other regions fell back in value. The worst hit was the North East where values fell by 7.1% during the 12-month period. In the South West, values dropped by 1% during June and just under 3% for the past 12 months.

“The Guernsey housing market appears to have decoupled from some of the trends in the UK, but we cannot remain totally insulated from the mainland,” Pascoe continued. “That said, local sales volumes are up and prices are moving ahead on a gradual but firm basis. However, we need to remain cautious, as future demand will continue to be influenced by the wider questions of confidence. On this issue, returning volatility in world markets has yet to be factored in.”

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