Slow growth of house prices in October

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  • Houses prices were unchanged month on month in October
  • Annual house price growth slowed to 4.6%, from 5.3% in September (Nationwide, 2016)

After fifteen consecutive monthly increases, UK house prices were unchanged in October. Measures of housing market remain fairly subdued, with the number of residential property transactions c10% below the levels recorded in the same period of 2015 in recent months. Why has this happened? We believe that weakness could be a reflection of impact that the introduction of stamp duty on second homes, introduced in April, has had. As a result, some buyers brought forward transactions to Q1 to avoid additional stamp duty liabilities. Policy changes impacting the Buy to Let market may also be playing a pivotal role in dampening activity. What’s next… Data suggests fairly stable demand conditions in the near term. (Nationwide, 2016) Mortgage approvals edged up modestly in September, though they remain weak by historic standards. It has also been reported that new buyer enquiries have increased modestly in recent months. Despite an uncertain economic outlook, solid labour market conditions and historically low borrowing costs should provide support to buyer confidence. Additionally, the low number of homes on the market and modest rates of housing construction are likely to keep the demand and supply balance fairly tight. For mortgage advice and to find the right solution for you, please email us or call +44 (0) 20 3858 0313.


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