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House prices increase for fifth straight month – growth now at 15-year high

Average UK property price has hit a new record high of £272,992

Originally posted: 8th December, 2021

Quarterly UK property price inflation now at strongest level since late 2006

The average UK property price has hit a new record high of £272,992, says the Halifax.

Quarterly UK property price inflation is now at its strongest level since late 2006, according to the newly-released Halifax Price Index November 2021.

Russell Galley, Halifax Managing Director, said: “UK house prices rose again in November, with the value of the average property increasing by another 1%, or £2,808, tipping the annual rate of inflation up to 8.2%. This is the fifth straight month that average house prices have risen, with typical values up by almost £13,000 since June, and more than £20,000 since this time last year.

“On a rolling quarterly basis the uptick in house prices was 3.4%, the strongest gain since the end of 2006, bringing the new average property price up to a record high of £272,992. Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, and the UK first entering lockdown, house prices have risen by £33,816, which equates to £1,691 per month.

“The performance of the market continues to be underpinned by a shortage of available properties, a strong labour market and keen competition amongst mortgage providers keeping rates close to historic lows. Those taking their first step onto the property ladder are also playing an important role in driving activity, with annual house price inflation for first-time buyers at 9.1% compared to 8.8% for home movers.

“We see this across different property types too, with double-digit annual price inflation for flats (+10.8%) over the last year compared to slower gains for detached properties (6.6%). This could suggest the ‘race for space’ is becoming less prominent than it was earlier in the pandemic, with industry data also showing the overall number of completed transactions has fallen back since the end of the Stamp Duty holiday.

“Looking ahead, there is now greater uncertainty than has been the case for quite some time, with interest rates expected to rise to guard against further increases in inflation. Economic confidence may be also be dented by the emergence of the new Omicron virus variant, though it remains far too early to speculate on any long-term impact, given insufficient data at this stage, not to mention the resilience the housing market has already shown in challenging circumstances.

“Leaving aside the direct impact of a possible resurgence in the pandemic for now, we would not expect the current level of house price growth to be sustained next year given that house price to income ratios are already historically high, and household budgets are only likely to come under greater pressure in the coming months.”

Average house prices and annual rate of price growth

Here are the average house prices across the UK in November, according to Halifax, together with the annual rate of price growth:

  • Yorkshire and Humber, £190,263, 8.8%
  • East Midlands, £223,198, 8.2%%
  • Eastern England, £317,522, 7.4%
  • London, £521,129, 1.1%
  • North East, £157,100, 7.5%
  • North West, £209,287, 11.4%
  • Northern Ireland, £169,348, 10.0%
  • Scotland, £191,140, 8.5%
  • South East, £370,171, 7.6%
  • South West, £283,734, 10.0%
  • Wales, £204,148, 14.8%
  • West Midlands, £231,493, 7.9%

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