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It’s Coming Home: Research Shows Price Boom On The Horizon Post World Cup

Once every four years the entire nation comes to a standstill. Unfortunately, in recent years, that hasn’t been for too long thanks to England’s early exits from major football tournaments, but nonetheless, the FIFA World Cup doesn’t half have a habit of gathering the entire country around the TV screen.This year is of course no different. Harry Kane’s dramatic last ditch heroics against Tunisia saw the biggest TV audience of the year in Britain, surpassing even his namesake and Ms Meghan Markle a little over a month ago. It’s an event that never ceases to affect our emotions. England’s opener was case and point, not to mention the cheers, jeers, and penalty shootout losses from years gone by. But while the World Cup will certainly play out to release some form of emotion in the next few weeks, it’ll also have a significant impact on the price of our property.At Property Rescue we conducted a study and found that down the years property prices see a significant increase following the end of a World Cup tournament. Since 1970, where England failed to defend their crown, the price of property has risen after nearly every World Cup tournament. So, if you’re looking to sell your home, now is the time to do it...

By How Much Does Property Rise Following A World Cup?

The cost of property is set to rise by around 3.8% from the start of the tournament through to the beginning of August,and could go as high as 10% based on property prices following previous major tournaments. Since Mexico 70, house prices have risen post-tournament 11 out of 12 times, and should that trend continue the average cost of a home would rise from £224,208 to £232,728.If, like 2002 when Sven Goran Eriksson took England to the Quarter Final, the cost of property was to rise by 10% that would see the average property price hit a whopping £246,600.The reasoning behind this increase is that during the World Cup, fewer people are delving into the property market due to their preoccupation with the tournament, preferring to see England’s bid to bring football home over a new set of house keys.That leads to a large spike following the tournament’s completion as people reenter the market and the usual summer rush of home-buying continues.

The Rise in Property Value Following The World Cup Table

What Happens When England Don’t Qualify?

What backs this idea up further is that the two occasions property prices either dropped or rose by less than 1% England failed to qualify for the tournament.The most recent of those dips happened in 1994, when Graham Taylor was famously unable to help the Three Lions qualify for the tournament in the USA. During this period, as England fans avoided the televisions, the property market stagnated, seeing a 0.6% decrease in the average cost of a home. Likewise, in 1974 when England were half way through an eight year period without qualifying for the tournament, property prices rose by just 0.9%. And it’s a similar story across the European Championship too. While the “wally with a brolly”, Steve McClaren can’t necessarily be blamed for a 3.9% drop in property during Euro 2008, he can be blamed for a shambolic qualifying campaign that saw the Three Lions fail to qualify for the first time in over two decades.That’s due to a consistency in the market, with fans across the nation less transfixed on the tournament as they are at this particular moment in time.

So What Can We Expect?

Over the coming months, as well as a fantastic tournament, we can also expect the property market to see a surge in prices between mid-July and the end of August. Over the past few tournaments that’s been between around 2-4% and we’d perhaps expect that to be towards the latter end this time around.While the market may feel a little quieter now, the history of World Cup tournaments show this is a common trend. For those who don’t follow football, it’s the perfect time to buy, but once that final whistle blows on July 15, the advantage may well fall into the hands of the seller.

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