According to the Nationwide House Price Index UK house prices fell by 0.2% in the month of June, annual house price growth moderated to 3.3% from 4.6% in May.
Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner,Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said: “The annual pace of house price growth continued to slow in June, moderating to 3.3% from 4.6% in May. This maintains the gradual downward trend that has been in evidence since mid – 2014, though this is the smallest annual rate of increase for two years.House price growth continues to outpace earnings, but the gap is closing, helped by a pickup in annual wage growth, which moved up to 2.7% in the three months to April from 1.9% at the start of the year.
“The slowdown in house price growth is not confined to, nor does it appear to be driven primarily by, developments in London. In quarter on quarter terms, London has continued to see price growth at or above the rate in the UK overall over the past three quarters, while the annual rate of price growth in the capital remains the second highest in the country.
“ Eleven of the thirteen UK regions saw a slowdown in the annual rate of growth in Q2. Most parts of the country continued to see annual house price gains-the exceptions were Wales and Scotland, which recorded small declines.
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