Rightmove, the property portal, reports that since the beginning of the year new homes for sale has slumped to its lowest point in more than a decade. Only 34,433 properties have come on to the market equating to around half of pre-credit crunch levels.
This comes at a time when emerged borrowing costs have fallen to a 14-year low with the average mortgage payments for new borrowers standing at 27 per cent of disposable earnings. Good news for those with existing mortgages but still no hope for those people trapped in rental properties without the money for the deposit.
Those who do have the cash to put down on a deposit have their own problems given the shortage of new homes. This has in turn created in certain areas a high demand for property and perhaps explains why property prices have remained more or less unchanged.
It has also led to those looking to buy to be more selective in their hunt for a suitable property and one that fits their budgetary constraints.
The situation is likely to get worse when the stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers ends this spring.
So why is there a shortage? We seem to building less new homes than before and this combined with the economic uncertainty and owners worried about replacing their existing mortgage, there appears little hope for any immediate change.