The total value of the UK’s housing stock reached a record
high of £7.29 trillion in 2018, according to a new report from Savills.
Last year, the total value of UK housing stock increased by
£190.3 billion, led by gains in regional property markets.
London accounted for 24.3% of UK housing value, compared
with a fifth a decade ago, the study shows. This comes despite a 1.5% decline
in the value of London’s residential property stock in 2018 – the first
decrease since 2009.
London’s housing stock was worth £1.77 trillion last year – more than four times the combined value of all of the homes in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Lawrence Bowles, a Residential Research Analyst at Savills, says:
demonstrates the scale of the housing market, and underlines the importance of
housing to the economies of London and the UK as a whole, both as an asset
class and store of private wealth.”
Across the UK as a whole, capital growth added £138 billion in total in 2018, some 72% of total gains, equivalent to growth of £4,800 per home, with new housing development making its highest ever contribution to total gains, at 28%, which Savills says highlights the Government’s focus on building more new homes.
In percentage terms, around the UK, Wales showed the
greatest gains in the value of its housing stock in 2018, with a 6.3% increase
adding £13.4 billion.
The East Midlands and West Midlands followed closely behind,
at 6.2% and 6.1% respectively.
In cash terms, the value of stock in the South East saw the
greatest rise across the UK last year, with £29.9 billion added, on the back of
Bowles comments: “Once again, we see that wealth concentrated in ever fewer,
older hands, to the extent that the UK’s over-50s hold a quarter of all UK homeowner
equity, while the over-65s in London and the south of England alone account for
over three-quarters of the total.
same time, as affordability becomes more stretched, younger households are
having to put off buying their first home until later in life. It’s great that
we’re seeing more housing delivery, but development will have to make up a much
higher proportion of new housing value if we are to come anywhere need building
the homes this country needs.”
value of the UK’s housing stock has been broken down by region for 2018, with
the change in percentage and cash terms on an annual basis:
|Region||Total value || Percentage |
| Change in |
|London ||£1.77tn|| -1.5%||+£26.2bn|
|South East ||£1.39tn||
|East of England ||£810.5bn||
|South West ||£670.4bn||
|North West ||£529.3bn||
|West Midlands ||£468.2bn||
|East Midlands ||£389.3bn||
|Yorkshire and the |
|North East ||£152.7bn||
|Northern Ireland ||£100.7bn||