House prices slow from annual growth recorded in January

Written by Adam Cadle
07/03/2018

House prices in the last three months to February were 1.8% higher than in the same three months a year earlier, slowing from the 2.2% annual growth recorded in January, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

House prices in the latest quarter (December-February) were -0.7% lower than in the preceding three months (September-November), the first decline on this measure since May last year

On a monthly basis, prices grew marginally by 0.4% in February, following two consecutive monthly falls

The average price in February was £224,353, down slightly from November’s high of £226,408

Halifax managing director Russell Galley said: “House prices continue to remain broadly flat, as they have since the end of last year. The labour market continues to perform strongly with the number of people in employment rising by 88,000 in the three months to December. Notably, this is almost entirely accounted for by full-time jobs. The strength of the jobs market may finally be benefitting wage growth, with the annual growth rate accelerating from 2.3% in November to 2.8% in December. However, earnings are rising at a slower rate than consumer prices.

“Despite the November rise in the Bank of England Base Rate, mortgage rates continue to stay low by historical standards. While we expect price growth to remain low, the low mortgage rate environment, combined with an ongoing shortage of properties for sale, should continue to support house prices over the coming months.”

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