The Ipswich Property Market and The Euro 2016 Football Tournament
With the Referendum on EU membership out of the way, our households can concentrate on something European that doesn’t involve party political broadcasts or politician’s treating us all like children – the Euro 2016 Football Tournament. Ipswich is home to all different backgrounds and nationalities so if you're not lucky enough to be jetting off to France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament, have no fear! For a bit of fun (although there is a serious side to this – you know there would be with me!) I have taken a look at which European people live in Ipswich so I know who to soak up the best atmosphere with!
During my research some interesting numbers appear. Going into the Euro 2016 tournament, France were 3/1 favourite’s, then Germany 7/2, third Spain 11/2, then England 9/1, Italy 16/1, Poland 50/1, Romania and Wales at 100/1, Ireland at 150/1 and Northern Ireland 500/1 (although Leicester were 5000/1 at the start of last season).
Of the 109,003 residents of the Ipswich Constituency for Westminster, of the Home Nations going into the competition, 92,908 of them are from England, 578 from Wales, 335 from Northern Ireland and 413 from Ireland, although I do feel sorry for the 1,104 Scots who didn’t get into the finals. Now interestingly, looking at the Mainland Europeans residents in the Ipswich Constituency, it might not surprise you that they make up 5.51% of the population as a whole in the Westminster area.
However, even more fascinating, of those 5.51% European’s residents, 1.8% are from Western Europe because EU residents from Eastern Europe - i.e. the Accession Countries to the EU between 2003 to 2007 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) - only make up 3.71% of the population of the Ipswich Constituency.
Broken down into the relevant football teams, there are in the Ipswich Constituency …
162 French people
… I feel sorry for the Spanish football supporters in Ipswich!But what does this have to do with the Ipswich property market? Quite a lot in fact. Many of these European people were economic migrants, especially those from Eastern Europe.
There is no preferential treatment for council housing in Ipswich, so EU migrants have in fact increased demand for privately rented accommodation in Ipswich.
This has meant, as demand for housing in Ipswich has remained strong, Ipswich landlords have continued to buy properties to rent out to keep up with this demand. Therefore, the value of every homeowner’s property in Ipswich has been kept high because of the demand from these Ipswich landlords buying starter homes to rent out, releasing existing homeowners to go up the property ladder – benefiting everyone in the chain.
However, rents have remained relatively subdued, in Ipswich rents are only 18.3 higher than they were in 2005, not bad when you consider we have had 38.52% inflation in the UK economy as a whole over the same 11 years.EU migration has meant existing homeowners, landlords and the economy as a whole in Ipswich (and the UK) have benefitted from better economic conditions, property prices not slumping whilst rents have been kept in check by wage inflation.