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Man who forecast last two property slumps says house prices will jump 20% before falling in 2026

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Property prophet: Fred Harrison believes house prices will rise by around 20% between now and 2026 before collapsing, with all gains wiped out

The house price prophet who predicted the last two housing crises years before they happened has warned of another boom and bust imminent on the horizon.

Fred Harrison, a British author and economic commentator famous for his theory of an 18-year housing cycle, predicts turbulent years for the housing market.

Speaking to This is Money, Harrison said house prices are about to skyrocket once again.

It expects the average UK house price to rise by around 20 per cent between now and the end of 2026.

However, Harrison expects a major crisis to hit and any progress made over the next two and a half years to be completely erased.

He believes Covid-19 caused house prices to rise higher and faster than they would have otherwise.

Property prophet: Fred Harrison believes house prices will rise by around 20% between now and 2026 before collapsing, with all gains wiped out

This is due to factors such as the 2021 stamp duty land tax exemption inflating property prices, as many sellers simply added more to the sale price of their homes.

The pandemic also caused a rush of real estate transactions, as many buyers looked for homes they could comfortably work in or with gardens.

The last year of house price declines has simply been a recalibration, Harrison says, and now the housing market is set to continue its upward trajectory.

“Prices are not falling,” says Harrison, “they are adjusting back to the long-term uptrend, after the pandemic-induced boom.”

‘They will continue to advance until the end of 2026.

“Between now and then house prices will start to skyrocket, and if history repeats itself, the increase will be roughly 20 percent above current levels.”

Harrison hopes the policy will provide the fuel that drives up housing prices, both here and in the United States.

“The general election in the UK, reinforced by the presidential election in the US, will ensure benign policies for house prices,” he says.

‘Politicians will do everything they can to please the owners. In the United Kingdom, all political parties have fine-tuned their policies so as not to damage the prospects of the coming boom.

‘If Donald Trump wins in November, major tax cuts will quickly follow. Those cuts will be capitalized on home prices.

“This will help raise confidence in global markets, giving a further boost to property prices.”

“As with the 2008 financial crisis, after the 2007 peak, it will end in tears.”

Harrison is also convinced that mortgage rates will likely continue to fall, encouraging investors, first-time buyers and movers to press ahead with their plans.

Fred Harrison developed the concept of the 18-year real estate cycle after mapping hundreds of years of data.

Fred Harrison developed the concept of the 18-year real estate cycle after mapping hundreds of years of data.

“Mortgage rates will fall”

Mortgage rates have generally been on a downward trajectory since August, when they peaked, and Harrison believes this is a trend that will continue.

It says: ‘Treasury bonds on both sides of the Atlantic will do everything they can to keep interest rates on a downward trend. “This will further reinforce the rise in house prices.”

He adds: ‘A Labor government would push for an increase in construction, which would convince people that all is well in the property markets.

‘So more people will take out 40-year eternal mortgages with a growing sense that prices are heading in the right direction. In a rising market people will borrow at any interest rate.

But with every boom, there must eventually come a bust.

Harrison is almost certain that this will arrive in late 2026, and the only potential obstacle that could alter his timeline is war.

It says: “The decline in house prices is projected for 2026, assuming there are no further military adventures in the Middle East and assuming Putin does not provoke NATO in Europe.”

“President Xi threatens to retake Taiwan in 2027, but housing prices will have peaked by then anyway.”

He believes the next recession could eclipse any housing collapse we’ve seen in the past.

He explains: ‘The economic crisis will cause the convergence of the existential crises that threaten our globalized society.

“If my worst fears come true, there’s no telling where the bottom of the housing market will be.”

So should you trust Fred Harrison?

Forecasting future home prices is a difficult task. Many have tried and failed in the past.

But while Harrison’s views may seem far-fetched to some, he has an uncanny knack for predicting drops in house prices.

In his book The Power in the Land, published in 1983, Harrison correctly predicted that real estate prices would peak in 1989, as well as the recession that followed.

In 2005, he published Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010, in which he successfully forecast the 2007 peak in house prices and the subsequent depression.

According to Harrison, he had already predicted the 2008 crash at least a decade earlier.

When This is Money spoke to Harrison in 2021, he told us he warned the then Labor government about the 2008 crisis in 1997.

Harrison says he has sent a similar message to current Labor leader Keir Starmer in the expectation that Labor will emerge victorious in the next general election. However, he hopes that his advice will not be heeded once again.

He adds: ‘I have written to Keir Starmer to alert him to the prospects. Do you really want Labor to take the blame for another economic crisis? It is not surprising that the answer was evasive.’

“That was a repeat of my attempts to warn Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when they entered Downing Street in 1997.

“I wrote to them to warn them that they had 10 years to protect the UK economy against the collapse that would follow the peak in house prices in 2007. They did nothing.”

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The theory of the 18-year real estate cycle

Fred Harrison’s predictions are based on his 18-year real estate cycle theory, which he plotted using hundreds of years of data.

Harrison says he has identified the cycle as operating within the UK for at least 300 years.

He has also cross-checked his theory with evidence from across the United States for the 19th century and with evidence from Japan and Australia during the 20th century.

Although the real estate cycle is not an exact timeline, it is made up of two main phases, according to Harrison.

After each crisis occurs, it takes about four years for the real estate market to restart its upward trajectory again.

This, he says, is followed by six or seven years of modest growth in what is known as the recovery phase.

Then there is a mid-cycle dip, often a one- or two-year slowdown in the market, before another growth phase ensues, typically lasting another six or seven years.

What drives the 18 year cycle?

According to Fred Harrison, the underlying force behind rising prices in the real estate market is the finite supply of land.

This is then combined with greed and market speculation to accelerate sentiment and cause prices to skyrocket before a bubble bursts.

As our population and economy grow, our demand for new homes increases, driving up prices.

Without a supply of land to meet demand, property prices rise, causing banks to lend more against rising asset values, further reinforcing an upward spiral.

People are beginning to view property as a safe haven for their money and a reliable investment vehicle, meaning prices are further driven by the lure of capital gains.

Harrison adds: “The driving force is the unique characteristic of the land: it is no longer produced and the supply is fixed in the places where people want to live or work.

‘Added to this natural phenomenon is the speculative habit of exploiting this market to obtain additional capital gains.

“Its effects help raise prices above what they would otherwise be and will drive the cycle toward collapse.”

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