The average UK house price hit a new record high in June but there are ‘tentative signs of a slowdown’, according to an index.
Prices were up by 10.7 per cent in June, slowing from 11.2 per cent in May, Nationwide Building Society said.
Across the UK, the average house price in June was £271,613, up by 0.3 per cent month on month.
Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said: ‘The price of a typical UK home climbed to a new record high of £271,613, with average prices increasing by over £26,000 in the past year.
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‘There are tentative signs of a slowdown, with the number of mortgages approved for house purchases falling back towards pre-pandemic levels in April and surveyors reporting some softening in new buyer inquiries.
‘Nevertheless, the housing market has retained a surprising amount of momentum given the mounting pressure on household budgets from high inflation, which has already driven consumer confidence to a record low.
How does your region fare when it comes to house prices?
Here are average house prices in the second quarter of 2022 followed by the annual increase in prices, according to Nationwide Building Society:
– South West – £318,325, 14.7%
– East Anglia – £289,024, 14.2%
– Wales – £208,309, 13.4%
– North West – £213,888, 13.3%
– West Midlands – £244,167, 11.8%
– Yorkshire and the Humber – £205,714, 11.8%
– East Midlands – £234,828, 11.4%
– South East (including commuter areas more than 40 miles from London) – £348,564, 11.1%
– Northern Ireland – £181,550, 11.0%
– North East – £159,283, 10.6%
– Outer Metropolitan (commuter areas less than 40 miles from London) – £433,558, 10.0%
– Scotland – £181,422, 9.5%
– London – £540,399, 6.0%
‘Part of the resilience is likely to reflect the current strength of the labour market, where the number of job vacancies has exceeded the number of unemployed people in recent months.’
Mr Gardner said that, at the same time, the stock of homes on the market has remained low, keeping an upward pressure on house prices.
‘The market is expected to slow further as pressure on household finances intensifies in the coming quarters, with inflation expected to reach double digits towards the end of the year.
‘Moreover, the Bank of England is widely expected to raise interest rates further, which will also exert a cooling impact on the market if this feeds through to mortgage rates.’
Looking across the UK, Mr Gardner said quarterly figures showed a softening of house price growth in many regions in the three months to June.
‘The South West (of England) overtook Wales as the strongest-performing region in quarter two, with house prices up 14.7 per cent year on year, a slight increase from the previous quarter.
‘This was closely followed by East Anglia, where annual price growth remained at 14.2 per cent.
‘Wales saw a slowing in annual price growth to 13.4 per cent, from 15.3 per cent in the first quarter.
‘Price growth in Northern Ireland was similar to last quarter at 11.0 per cent. Meanwhile, Scotland saw a 9.5 per cent year-on-year rise in house prices.
‘There was a slowing in annual house price growth in England to 10.7 per cent, from 11.6 per cent in the previous quarter.
‘While the South West was the strongest performing region, overall southern England saw weaker growth than northern England.
‘Within northern England, the North West was the strongest-performing region, with price growth picking up to 13.3 per cent year on year, from 12.4 per cent in the first quarter.
‘London remained the weakest-performing UK region, with annual price growth slowing to 6.0 per cent, from 7.4 per cent in the previous quarter.’
Myron Jobson, senior personal finance analyst, interactive investor, said: ‘Property prices have gone up faster than wages, creating an affordability squeeze, while mortgage rates have risen to levels we haven’t seen in a while.
‘These factors, as well as the prospect of higher interest rates to rein in runaway inflation, are likely to go some way towards taming frothy housing prices.’
Nicky Stevenson, managing director of agent group Fine & Country, said: ‘Increased borrowing costs have come at a time when disposable incomes are already shrinking and the UK is edging closer to recession.
How much does the average home cost in your area? Average house prices for the second quarter of 2022 show an annual increase of over 10 per cent across most regions, except in London and Scotland
Across the UK, the average house price in June this year was £271,613,representing a record high – although there are ‘tentative’ signs of a slowdown’ Nationwide Building Society said. (Pictured: Average UK house prices from 2005 to present)
The stock of homes for sale has remained low, keeping an upward pressure on house prices, says Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardiner
‘These pressures are bound to stretch affordability in the months ahead with inflation still to peak and more aggressive monetary tightening now being signalled by the Bank of England.’
Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ‘The question is whether we will see prices slow to a crawl, stagnate, or start to drop if we see a recession.
‘An awful lot depends on things we don’t yet know – including how high interest rates will go, how deep any recession might be, the impact it could have on jobs, and whether this is serious enough to cause real damage to the property market.’
She added: ‘The desperate dash for property at a time of rocketing prices may be over.
‘Buyers have time to consider whether this is a move they can really afford, and whether they’ll still be happy they made it if prices pull back later in the year.’
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