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Current Market Conditions and Let the Buyer Beware

The price balance of the latest RICS and Ulster Bank Housing Market Survey recorded its lowest reading since November 2011, and the second lowest since May 2009.

In line with a range of negative economic news globally for the month of May, all of the survey's main indicators deteriorated in the month.

The price balance for the latest survey was -54 (3% of respondents saying that the prices rose, 41% saying that the prices stayed the same and 57% saying that the prices fell). This was down from -39 in April.

Data for transaction volumes and for transaction expectations also deteriorated, but remained in positive territory (+8 and +27 respectively).

With regards to price expectations, one third of respondants said prices will fall in the three months ahead and two thirds say they will remain the same.

“In line with the wider economic conditions, particularly in the Eurozone in relation to Greece and Spain, May was a difficult month for the housing market.

However, it was not all bad news, with many surveyors reporting stable prices and a significant minority seeing transactions rising and expecting them to rise in the three months ahead.”

Tom McClelland, RICS Northern Ireland spokesman

“We believe that innovative solutions to support the mortgage market are extremely important.

We have experienced strong demand for our no arrangement fees offer and are pleased to extend it until the end of June to help more first time buyers, home-movers and re-mortgagers.”

Derek Wilson, Head of Lending Products at Ulster Bank

The price balance of the RICS Northern Ireland Housing Market Survey has been in negative territory every month since August 2007 - a negative price balance indicates that average prices are falling.

It is to be hoped that the release of the £140 Billion of Emergency Bank Funding announced by the Chancellor and the Governor of the Bank of England on the evening of the 14th will make its way to potential borrowers and lending and thus buying will get a kick start.

On an entirely different matter The London Times of the 15th June, in the Bricks and Mortar Section deals with a Property Auction matter in a regular column. This is done in the form of a Question and Answer as set out below:-

I purchased a property after it failed to sell at auction. The estate agent described the sale as “under auction conditions”, and did not tell me that the house had a regular problem with flooding. I feel like I have been robbed, but is there anything that I can do?

 

Almost all residential sales in England and Wales involve a detailed process of pre-contract enquiries and a Property Information Form. These give the buyer an opportunity to find out basic information (such as whether there has been flooding) before committing to buy. The contract is invariably governed by printed forms of contract such as the Law Society’s Standard Conditions of Sale. By contrast, a sale of a property at auction involves an abbreviated process.

The contract is formed at the moment the auctioneer’s hammer falls, and at that point the bidder is taken to know the information given in the auction catalogue or in the information pack for the property. This pack should be available to all the potential buyers in the auction house before the bidding starts, and it usually (but not always) includes the information you would see in a Property Information Form.

At auction, the successful bidder essentially takes a risk that there is no important information missing from the pack before he enters into a binding contract. This position is reflected in the specialised printed terms used by auctioneers, such as the RICS Common Auction Conditions of Sale. If the auction ends without a lot being sold, the auctioneer will frequently use agents to sell a property quickly and privately “under auction conditions”. Buyers have the chance to pick up a bargain (often at below the reserve price), but they are still taken to accept what is in the auction catalogue and information pack. In your case, you took a risk by buying in this way, and it is therefore unlikely that you have any remedy for the flooding problem.

Obviously, the situation set out above, took place in England but the same principle applies in N. Ireland and any potential purchaser should thoroughly check out all aspects of the property before bidding on the property and potentially being committed to purchase it.