Property Tracker report reveals a third of people think house prices will rise over the next 12 months

The results of the latest Property Tracker survey have been published

  • Affordability of mortgage payments remains the biggest barrier to buying a home
  • Most homeowners remain confident they can afford their mortgage payments
  • Less than one in five people think now is a good time to buy a home

The latest Property Tracker report from the BSA shows that a third of people (33%) think house prices will rise over the next 12 months, a significant change from three months ago when only 20% thought prices would rise. This is the most optimistic outlook since September 2022 and is likely to be influenced by the halt in Bank Rate rises and lower mortgage interest rates which are now becoming available, and the fact that house prices have risen for the last three months.  

There is a corresponding shift in those who think house prices will fall in the next year, with one in four (24%) believing this to be the case, compared to 39% in September.

Barriers to Home Buying

The report also shows that while the biggest obstacle to homeownership continues to be mortgage affordability, the proportion of people who said this is a barrier has fallen to 68% in December, from 71% in September. 

Raising a deposit continues to be a significant barrier to buying a residential property, but this is also showing signs of reducing. This month 58% of people cited this, down from 60% in September. 

Lack of job security is however starting to creep up, with 22% saying this was a barrier, an increase from 19% in September.

Affordability concerns

When homeowners were asked about the affordability of their monthly mortgage payments over the next six months, the majority did not express any concern about keeping up with their housing costs. 85% of mortgage borrowers are confident about keeping up with their monthly mortgage payments. 

These figures have remained relatively unchanged over the last year, however the proportion who said they are not at all confident increased to 5% in December. Whilst this remains a small proportion of the total, it does demonstrate that the number of people experiencing financial difficulties is rising and building societies and other lenders are continuing to offer practical, tailored support to borrowers who may be struggling. 

Those who rent their home are a little less assured, with around three-quarters (73%) feeling confident about meeting their housing costs. 

Market sentiment

Sentiment in the housing market remains subdued, but stable. The proportion of people who think now is a good time to buy a property is just 16%, around the same as it has been throughout 2023.

Those who specifically think now is not a good time to buy a new home is considerably higher at 41%, rising to 46% for first-time homebuyers. 


Press contacts:

Tanya Jackson, tanya.jackson@bsa.org.uk Tel: 07881 501098
Katie Wise, katie.wise@bsa.org.uk Tel: 020 7520 5904

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Building Societies Association (BSA) represents all 42 building societies, as well as 7 of the larger credit unions. Building societies serve around 26 million consumers across the UK and have total assets of over £507 billion. Together with their subsidiaries, they have helped over 3.5 million families and individuals to buy a home with mortgages totalling over £375 billion, representing 23% of total mortgage balances outstanding in the UK. They are also helping over 23 million people build their financial resilience, holding over £370 billion of retail savings, accounting for 19% of all cash savings in the UK.  Within this, societies account for 40% of all cash ISA balances.
  2. With all of their headquarters outside London, building societies employ around 51,500 full and part-time staff.  In addition to digital services they operate through approximately 1,300 branches, holding a 38% share of branches across the UK. 
  3. For the December Property Tracker survey fieldwork was undertaken between 1-4 December 2023.  Total sample size was 2082 adults.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.
  4. When selecting barriers to property purchase respondents were asked to choose their top 3 barriers from a list of options.
  5. When calculating the proportion of those concerned about paying their mortgage or rent it excluded respondents who said ‘not applicable’ or ‘prefer not to say’
  6. The proportion agreeing ‘now is a good time to buy’ includes those who agree strongly and those who tend to agree, while the proportion disagreeing includes those who disagree strongly and those who tend to disagree. Respondents who answered 'don't know' are not shown, so percentages do not sum to one hundred.
  7. Respondents were given the option to select up to three barriers’ when asked what they think are most likely to stop someone from buying a residential property at the moment.
  8. The Property Tracker data table can be downloaded here