Annual House price growth eases

The Halifax House Price Index (HPI) January 2017 report released today headlined ‘Annual house price growth eases to 5.7%’

They state: House prices in the last three months (November 2016-January 2017) were 2.4% higher than in the previous three months (August-October 2016) .Prices in the three months to January were 5.7% higher than in the same three months a year earlier.

Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: “House prices in the three months to January were 2.4% higher than in the previous quarter; marginally down on 2.5% in December. The annual rate of growth eased to 5.7% from December’s 6.5%, and is well below last March’s peak of 10.0%.

“The quarterly and annual rates of house price growth remain robust even though they are lower than in spring 2016. UK house prices continue to be supported by an ongoing shortage of property for sale, low levels of housebuilding, and exceptionally low interest rates. These factors are unlikely to change materially during 2017. Nonetheless, weaker economic growth and increasing pressure on spending power, along with affordability constraints, are expected to dampen housing demand, resulting in some downward pressure on annual house price growth during the year.”

Read the Halifax HPI January 2017 report in full click here

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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