Our thoughts

Interest rates remain the key
17th June 2015

Time to raise interest rates? Not a welcome idea for many homeowners or those who have borrowed heavily, but for the good health of the property market, perhaps overdue. It will forestall a need to increase rates more sharply later. Transaction levels will increase as supply increases so while prices may be under initial pressure, the wider economy will benefit. People often only make significant alterations to a property when they move. It is this lack of fluidity, levels at their lowest since 1978 according to the RICS, that ultimately helps no one.