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Households are saving more than usual, taking on less credit, and increasing ad-hoc mortgage repayments.
Firms also are choosing to delever; October’s net repayment of external finance was the second largest ever.
House purchase mortgage approvals fell sharply in October; we expect them to fall further this winter.
Incoming data are consistent with our forecast for a sharp fall in house purchases and an 8% drop in prices.
The MPC, however, won’t keep Bank Rate at 4% indefinitely; house prices should rebound in the mid-2020s.
Mortgage payments’ share of incomes will not return to 2010s levels; hefty rent rises have raised the floor.
Dave Ramsden is the first MPC member to admit rates might need to be cut "quite quickly" in the medium term.
The cuts currently priced-in by markets from late H2 2023 aren't big enough to lower households' interest bill.
But CPI inflation won't be near the target until Q4 2023; pre-election fiscal stimulus will limit the scope for easing.
The effective interest rate on the stock of mortgages rose by only 11bp in H1, but will jump by 30bp in H2...
...and by a further 30bp over the course of 2023, if markets are right about the path for risk-free rates.
Firms still are very exposed to movements in short- rates; the transmission mechanism remains powerful.
House purchase demand is falling quickly in response to the jump in mortgage rates and drop in real incomes.
New mortgage rates look set to rise further in Q3, greatly weighing on approvals.
A contraction in supply, however, will prevent a slump in prices; we still forecast a modest 2% decline in H2 2022.
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