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"It's high time for politicians to act and create long-term rules of play"

Really lowered housing forecast in the Trähus Barometer

06.09.2018
Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry (TMF)
Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry (TMF)


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With only days left for parliamentary and municipal elections, the country's small house producers demand a changed direction for housing policy due to an increasingly challenging new production. The forecast for beginners houses is reduced from 12,500 to 12,000 for 2018, while the forecast for 2019 is set at 10,000 single-family houses. It shows the year's first wooden house barometer, which contains statistics from the wood and furniture companies, TMF.

"It's high time for politicians to act and create cross-border, long-term rules for the small-scale business and housing market. With current housing shortage, new production must always be protected and at the moment it is really challenged and politicians have not delivered. At both national and local levels, we now want to see a willingness to plan and offer more land for housing that people can afford, but also that banks and credit institutions show a willingness to contribute to it. We have seen notice in the industry and are worried, says Gustaf Edgren, housing policy expert at TMF.

TMF's forecast for begun single-family houses is based on Statistics Sweden and the general order intake in the industry. During the first half of 2018, the total order intake for TMF's member companies was 3,202 ordinary single-family houses, a decrease of 18 percent compared with the same period in 2017.

Harsher financial constraints and sharpening amortization requirements, sadly, not only lead to lower market prices for new production but also that new production is slowing down. In order to maintain new production, municipalities and landowners must follow the market and adjust their prices to current financial conditions, which we have not seen to any significant extent, says Gustaf Edgren.

Multi-family housing
In the case of apartments in multi-family houses, all materials were 24 350 in the first half of 2018, according to preliminary figures from SCB, a decrease of 11 percent compared with the same period 2017. According to TMF's statistics, a total of 1,861 apartments were delivered, a decrease by 12 percent compared with the first half of 2017. Order intake in the first half of 2018 increased by 24 percent compared with the first half of 2017.


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