Average UK Home Prices Soar

It seems to be a case of yet more news of a booming property market with the Halifax House Price Index reporting that average UK home prices have reached £261,743.  That’s a monthly upward change of +1.3% and +2.4% quarterly change and +9.5% annual change.

According to the Halifax house price inflation is now at its strongest level in nearly seven years with £261,743 being a record high.  Wales leads the way in UK home prices with growth up 11.9% over the past year.
Average prices in the South of England have grown but at the slower pace with a 3.1% increase in Greater London over the past year.

“House prices reached another record high in May, with the average property adding more than £3,000 (+1.3%) to its value in the last month alone.”

UK Average Home Prices Set Another Record

Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said: “House prices reached another record high in May, with the average property adding more than £3,000 (+1.3%) to its value in the last month alone.  A year on from the first easing of national lockdown restrictions, and the gradual reopening of the housing market, annual growth surged to 9.5%, meaning the average UK home has increased in value by more than £22,000 over the past 12 months.”

“Heading into the traditionally busy summer period, market activity continues to be boosted by the government’s stamp duty holiday, with prospective buyers racing to complete purchases in time to benefit from the maximum tax break ahead of June’s deadline, after which there will be a phased return to full rates.  For some homebuyers, lockdown restrictions have also resulted in an unexpected build-up of savings, which can now be deployed to fund bigger deposits for bigger properties, potentially pushing property prices even higher.”

“Whilst these effects will be temporary, the current strength in house prices also points to a deeper and long-lasting change as buyer preferences shift in anticipation of new, post-pandemic lifestyles – as greater demand for larger properties with more space might warrant an increased willingness to spend a higher proportion of income on housing.”

“These trends, coupled with growing confidence in a more rapid recovery in economic activity if restrictions continue to be eased, are likely to support house prices for some time to come, particularly given the continued shortage of properties for sale.”

You can read the full Halifax report here and as the other key average UK home prices are reported we’ll bring you the details.

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