The split of the population by age group has a big effect on the local housing market; the demographic profile affects prices, but more importantly the tenure mix and the rates of sales. The patterns you can see here gives you a good insight into the profile of local residents.
The rate at which properties are sold in the market is probably the best indicator of what we in the trade call ‘buoyancy’. In this chart, we show the number of properties which have been sold each year since 2008.
In the residential property world, the most important macroeconomic indicator we’re obsessed with is interest rates. Interest rates are the main tool the government uses to cool down the market when it shows signs of overheating. They have a massive impact on the housing market because they determine what your mortgage costs every month.