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Property Market Review

APRIL 2018




Our monthly property market review is intended to provide background to recent developments in property markets as well as to give an indication of how some key issues could impact in the future.


Rise of office hot deskers continues

According to Bloomberg, Debenhams is the latest retailer trying to get rid of excess space as it scales back its high street presence. The retailer is reported to be in early stages of talks with hot-desking firm WeWork, involving their flagship store on London's Oxford Street.

This follows other British retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Next who have been joining forces with cafes, restaurants or other retailers in an attempt to fill oversized stores.

IWG, operator of the Regus brand of serviced offices, is also expanding the number of stores in which it is looking to open facilities, Chief Executive Officer Mark Dixon commented: "We would expect to have quite a few locations in a year or two in more retail-type situations. They are quite convenient for people if they have good parking and good facilities."


Possible use of commercial property as solution to the housing crisis

In a speech to the Royal Town Planning Institute conference, Theresa May has called for a "great national effort" by the government, developers and councils to tackle the housing crisis. When questioned, the prime minister said that fresh approaches were needed, including creating new homes from various types of disused buildings.


When asked whether this should include retail spaces, she said "Retailing is changing, with buying more goods online, and one of the elements of the new planning rules we're setting out is to make it easier for shops to be turned into housing if that's appropriate, but also for development above retail units to take place."


However, the high street would still appear to be a viable commercial option for retailers who have been quick to respond to the change in shopping habits. An example of this is The Works, which sells cut-price books, toys, crafts and stationery. It has 436 stores and plans to open another 50 per year for the next five years.

Kevin Keaney, chief executive of The Works said: "For us it's a really good time to be opening stores. We're able to open in locations we never would have been able to previously because the property costs would have been so high."


Macroeconomic factors to affect commercial property markets

In March, the UK and EU agreed on a transitional deal on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Savills UK Commercial report indicates a boost in confidence to both occupiers and investors in commercial markets as a result.

March also saw the US Federal Reserve raise interest rates by a quarter of a point to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, the sixth increase since 2015.

Attention is now likely to turn to how these factors will impact the commercial markets, in addition to other geopolitical issues such as North Korea, Russia and events in Syria.






House Prices Headline statistics




Average House Price



Monthly Change



Annual Change



*(Jan 2015= 100)

·         UK house prices grew by 4.4% in the year to February 2018, down from 4.7% in the year to January 2018.

·         The largest monthly price was recorded in the North East (3.1%).

·         The West Midlands Region recorded the highest annual increase in property prices (7.3%).






House Prices Price change by region



Monthly Change (%)

Annual Change (%)

Average Price (£)






Northern Ireland
(Quarter 4 - 2017)















East Midlands





East of England










North East





North West





South East





South West





West Midlands Region





Yorkshire & The Humber






Source: The Land Registry
Release date: 18/04/2018 Next date release: 23/05/2018


















Source: The Land Registry
Release date: 18/04/2018


Contains HM Land Registry data © Crown copyright and database right 2017. This data is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.






Mortgage Activity

·         Gross mortgage lending in February is estimated at £19.0bn

·         Remortgage approvals in the month up over 9%

·         "borrowers look to lock in to attractive deals amid speculation of further interest rate rises later this year"


Source: UK Finance (formerly Council of Mortgage Lenders)
Release date:






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