UK house prices stable in January says Halifax
House Prices Remained Largely Unchanged in January
After small decreases in December and November says the latest Halifax House Price Index. The average house price is now around £12,500 or 4.2% less than its peak in August last year, though it remains around £5,000 higher than in January 2022 at £276,483.
Kim Kinnaird, Director, Halifax Mortgages, said: “The start of 2023 has brought some stability to UK house prices, with the average house price remaining largely unchanged in January at £281,684, a very small decrease on December. This followed a series of significant monthly falls at the end of last year (-1.3% in December and -2.4% in November).
“The pace of annual growth has continued to slow, to +1.9% (from +2.1% in December), which is the lowest level recorded over the last three years. The average house price is now around £12,500 (-4.2%) below its peak in August last year, though it still remains some £5,000 higher than in January 2022 (£276,483).
Higher Interest Rates
“We expected that the squeeze on household incomes from the rising cost of living and higher interest rates would lead to a slower housing market, particularly compared to the rapid growth of recent years. As we move through 2023, that trend is likely to continue as higher borrowing costs lead to reduced demand.
“For those looking to get on or up the housing ladder, confidence may improve beyond the near-term. Lower house prices and the potential for interest rates to peak below the level being anticipated last year should lead to an improvement in home buying affordability over time.”
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