‘Developers should pay attention to the market they are targeting’

Noel Meredith, Head of Development Finance at United Trust Bank comments on the latest Halifax and Nationwide house price indices

Noel Meredith of United Trust Bank said:

“Well what can we say? One index up the other down!  It’s indicative of a low volume market where indices are highly sensitive to the actual locations and properties changing hands in any period.  The different results reflect prices on different properties and highlight that this is a very differentiated market where values and direction of values is location dependent.

“Our own experience suggests that there is a dearth of new build property in many areas.  Where appropriate supply is introduced into these areas and where there are buyers with access to mortgage funds, sales occur. But the prices have to be realistic.  Whilst nationally prices are flat, London has been an engine of growth off-set by falls elsewhere.

Developers should pay attention to the market they are targeting.  Are there buyers? Do they have access to mortgages? Can they afford deposits? Is the end product suitable? And will it be delivered to meet the exacting standards today’s buyers expect?”