2019 was characterised by a lack of certainty and low supply of good investment assets coming to market.
In spite of this, investor sentiment remained strong for long income investments and core assets but, ultimately, investors are still somewhat cautious on the back of recent political uncertainty.
Meanwhile, in the immediate aftermath of the election results in December 2019, Sterling and a sample of property related stock prices, notably house builders, immediately rebounded. Although, Sterling has since fallen to $1.30 from a post Brexit high of $1.35.
The UK property markets and economy appear to be at an inflection point, as details of the transitional trade negotiations with the EU, as well as key issues facing real estate remain outstanding.
Thinking ahead to what 2020 might bring, with clearer direction for the UK and more clarity and stability, we should start to see more confidence return to the property market, which will hopefully be reflected in an upturn in investment activity.
This will strongly depend on how Brexit trade negotiations are concluded before the end of the transition period ending 31 December 2020.
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