The in/out debate over the EU is set to rumble on for some time yet with both the yes and no camps set to do battle in what will be one of the biggest decisions the British people will make this century. Sentiment over house prices provides an early clue over which way the vote is likely to go and it could be an extremely narrow margin if the latest research is anything to go by.
Research by online estate agent, eMoov.co.uk, has found that over half of Great Britain’s homeowners (55%) believe exiting the European Union will have an impact on house prices in the UK but not necessarily one which will see prices fall.
David Cameron has made it clear he would prefer to remain in the EU, but sits on the political fence, hinging his decision on the success of further negotiations. But whilst he deliberates, homeowners across the nation are left to speculate what impact an EU exit may have on the price of their property.
Of the 55% that believe the price of their property will be affected, 34% think leaving the EU would actually strengthen the value of their home, with just 21% believing it will lead to a decrease in their property price.
Impact Felt Hardest In London?
It is thought the economic impact of leaving the EU will be felt hardest in the capital, with the central London property market in further danger. However more than half (52%) of those surveyed in London think it will push up the price of their property, with just 23% thinking the opposite.
When Britain first joined Europe in 1973, the average house prices was just £9,045. Despite a post legislative referendum in 1975, UK house prices continued to increase for another 16 years to 1989.
UK House Prices Have Increase 2000% Since Joining EU In 1973
During Britain’s tenure as a member of the EU the average UK house price has increased by more than 2,000%. Based on these figures, it would seem the EU has been good for the UK property market, but Britain’s future in Europe still remains uncertain.
CEO of eMoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, commented: “The consequences of exiting the European Union stretch far beyond its effect to UK property prices, however homeowners across the nation are understandably apprehensive as to the impact it could have on their property price, as our research shows.
Pro EU campaigners have forecast central London will be worst hit if Britain does choose to leave the EU. We saw how pre-election uncertainty froze property demand in the prime central London market.
52% Of Londoners See A Benefit In ‘Brexit’
The uncertainty of Britain’s future in the EU could result in a similar effect on a much larger scale, but 52% of homeowners in London seem confident a Brexit will only strengthen the value of their home.
This said, post-election stability failed to revive the high end London market, so who’s to say the same won’t happen if we do come out of the EU.”