Annual rate of house price growth falls to 5.1% in February says Halifax

Halifax House Price Index (HPI) report February 2017 released today headlined ‘Annual house price growth declines to 5.1%’.

They state: House prices in the three months to February 2017 were 1.7% higher than in the three months to November 2016. House prices in the three months to February were 5.1% higher than in the same period a year ago; down from 5.7% in January.

Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: “House prices in the three months to February were 1.7% higher than in the previous quarter; down from 2.3% in January. The annual rate of growth fell to 5.1% from January’s 5.7%, the lowest since July 2013.

“Housing demand is being supported by an economy that continues to perform well with employment still expanding. Meanwhile, the supply of both new homes and existing properties available for sale remains low. This combination is pushing up prices.

“The annual rate of house price growth has, however, nearly halved over the past 11 months. A sustained period of house price growth in excess of pay rises has made it increasingly difficult for many to purchase a home. This development, together with signs of reduced momentum in the jobs market and squeezed consumer spending power, is expected to curb house price growth during 2017.”

Read the Halifax HPI report February 2017 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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