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Annual house price growth rises in October

Published On: November 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm


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Annual house price growth rose during October, according to new research conducted by the Halifax.

The UK’s largest mortgage lender cited, ‘improving economic conditions,’ for the rise.


Data from the report shows that prices rose at an annual pace of 9.7% last month, up from the 8.6% recorded in September. In October, house prices increased by 1.1%, following a decline of 0.9% during the previous month.

This increase lifted the average price of a flat or house across the country up to £205,240, which is a new record high.

‘Improving economic conditions and household finances, together with sustained low mortgage rates, have boosted housing demand during 2015,’ noted Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist. [1]

‘Strengthening demand is filtering through into higher sales levels, although the ongoing shortage of supply is acting as a significant constraint on activity,’ he added. In addition, Ellis believes that demand is likely to continue to outstrip supply over the next few months, ‘maintaining upward pressure on house prices,’ as a result.[1]

Annual house price growth rises in October

Annual house price growth rises in October


This chronic lack of supply has presented real problems for estate agent group Countrywide, who announced last night that its full-year profits were expected to drop as a result of fewer properties coming onto the market.

The company noted that, ‘the anticipated post-election recovery in residential transactions failed to materialise in any significant way.’[1]

Just last week, rival mortgage lender Nationwide said that house prices increased by 3.9% in October, in comparison to the same period twelve months ago.

In addition, property values were up by 0.6% compared to September



Only 4 UK cities saw house price growth last year

Published On: May 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm


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Just four UK cities recorded a growth in house price values during the last year, according to a new investigation.

Cheapest homes

The study from Hometrack suggests that Liverpool has the cheapest homes out of any of Britain’s major cities. Homeowners in Merseyside saw their house prices rise by 2% during the year to April 2014 and 3.4% in the past twelve months.[1]

Along with Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow, Liverpool was one of four cities to see the rate of growth rise year-on-year. This said, it recorded the lowest annual growth rate across all of the UK’s largest urban centres, with the average cost of a home now £110,600, the lowest in England.[1]

Figures from the city index showed that property values in April were 14.9% lower than they were at their pre-financial crisis peak in 2007. Only Belfast recorded prices that far away from their peak value.

Director of research at Hometrack, Richard Donnell, said that, ‘the local housing market is as strong as local economy and Liverpool suffered a lot of public sector job losses. In some big cities like London and Manchester, those generating wealth live in the centre, which helps grow the local economy. It’s possible that those at the top of the income distribution chain in Liverpool do not live there.’[1]

Only 4 UK cities saw house price growth last year

Only 4 UK cities saw house price growth last year

House price growth

The diversity of property value growth ranged from 3.4% in Liverpool to 11% in London-the smallest spread since 1996. After a period of price inflation in London and the South East during 2013 and 2014, property values are now slowing down, whereas housing markets in the North of Britain are picking up.[1]

However, the report suggests that a lack of property supply is keeping prices up, as opposed to a surge in demand. The lack of supply was tightened further by pre-election anxiety leading sellers to hang-fire on putting their property on the market.

Donnell observes that, ‘house price increases are being driven by the improving economic outlook boosting market sentiment, record low mortgage rates and a low churn of housing stock which is intensifying the British supply crisis.’[1]

Nationally, the average property price went up by 1.4% in the three months to April and is 3% higher than the 2007 peak. [1]