According to the Halifax UK house prices picked up in the last quarter after two successive falls, with an unexpected month-on-month surge in June pushing the annual rate to 9.6%, the Halifax house price index showed prices jumped by 1.7% between May and June, the fourth consecutive monthly rise, this is contrary to other ecent surveys showing a decline in the cost of a UK home.
The annual house price growth also increased to 9.6% from 8.6% in May and is at its highest since September, this is in contrast to the Nationwide’s recent report that house prices dipped 0.2% in June, which reduced the annual rate of increase to a two-year low of 3.3%
Martin Ellis Halifax’s housing economist said “Supply remains very tight with the stock of homes available for sale currently at record low levels”.
He went on to say “This shortage has been a key factor maintaining house price growth at a robust pace so far in 2015. Economic growth, higher employment, increasing real earnings growth and very low mortgage rates are all supporting housing demand with signs of a recent modest pick-up in demand.”