The current energy crisis will have direct impact on the property market.
A surge in wholesale prices and a supply shortage have increased the price of gas significantly.
How does the gas crisis affect the housing market? This blog post explains.
Why is there an energy crisis?
The surge of prices in the UK is a reflection of gas prices globally. After recovering from the pandemic, countries are rebuilding their economies. This has led to a decrease in gas capacity.
Due to high demand from Asia there is less liquid natural gas reaching Europe.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, “The problem was made worse by renewable sources like wind and solar producing less power and cold weather during the winter months forcing more people to turn their heating up.”
By the end of December last year a total of 28 energy companies had gone bust, including bigger companies like Bulb, affecting over 2 million customers.
More recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has threatened supplies and driven up prices further. Russia supplies the EU with 40% of its gas, making it one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas.
What was the impact of the energy crisis?
Data from the National Grid has found that the seven-day average price reached highs of 12.8p per kilowatt hour in December 2021. This was more than eight times higher than the same period during the previous year.
The UK imports around 50% of its gas from international markets and most homes in England and Wales are heated by mains gas supply.
Gas is also used to fuel around a third of the UK’s electricity generation so rising gas prices have in turn led to rising electricity prices.
What is the implication of the energy crisis on property?
1.) Workers could offset some energy bills by spending more time is the office, although that would add to other expenses such as commuting and childcare which for many would exceed the energy savings.
Perhaps more significantly, however, with the economy slowing as a result of the crisis, concern over job security is likely to encourage more people to ensure they are visibly ‘at work’ in the office.
2.) The prospect of embattled consumers and rising business costs bodes poorly for consumer facing real estates such as retail, hospitality and leisure. These sub-sectors face a third tough winter in a row after the difficult trading conditions caused by the pandemic. This could mean that there is a shift to discount retailers and there could be opportunities for reduced commercial rent.
3.) The industrial sector faces some contradictory forces as a result of the energy crisis. Manufacturing firms will face larger power bills, causing them to reduce costs elsewhere, which could make them more rent sensitive. On the other hand, consumers may be more inclined to seek bargain prices online, thus supporting demand for distribution warehouses.
4.) Another issue is the impact on the exchange rate. The pound has been under pressure against the US dollar and other major currencies. Further, additional borrowing created by finding the price cap could prompt currency markets to reassess the value of Sterling.
What does the current cost of living crisis mean for rents?
According to Government research, “Private rental prices grew by 3.2% over the year to July 2022. This is the largest annual growth recorded for the UK in the ONS’ series, which goes back to January 2016. Growth was highest in the East Midlands (4.3%), East of England (4.1%) and South West (4.0%), and lowest in London (2.1%).”
What are the opportunities for property investors during the current climate?
The rise in energy prices, high inflationary pressure and effects on consumer spending provides opportunities for property investors.
Less competition in the housing market presents opportunities to obtain properties at better value and reduces the chances of being outbid.
As people evaluate their finances, it creates the likelihood that more people will be looking for rented properties as mortgages become more difficult to obtain. This creates increased demand in the buy-to-let market.
In recent recessions there has also been a shift to consumers looking at serviced accommodation. Total tourism revenue increased 12.6% in the period 2007-2011 with staycation breaks increasing 5.6%.
Commercial property is also likely to be more readily available and affordable.
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