UK property market sees lowest annual price growth since 2013

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Annual UK property price growth was 3.7% in April, taking the average price of a home to £208,717, the lowest level of annual growth since July 2013, the latest index shows. Month on month prices were up 0.5%, according to the latest monitor report from haart estate agents. In London prices were up 1.9% month on month and 6.8% year on year to an average of £513,154. The data also shows that in April new buyer registrations fell by 1.6% compared with March, the first monthly fall this year, as buyers adopted a pre-election ‘wait and see’ attitude. Seller activity also slowed in April with new property instructions up just 1.5% month on month. The report also shows that house sales were up 3.3% in April compared to March but down 17.1% from April 2014. But there has been a post-election pick up in seller activity with the weekend after polling day seeing a 34% surge in new property instructions compared with the previous weekend. The average price of a first time buyer home increased 3.5% annually and 0.8% on the month. The report says that the new Help to Buy ISA, when the product is designed and implemented, will provide further assistance to first time buyers seeking to buy a home. First time buyers now make up 42.9% of all mortgages written, which is up slightly on March but still falls below 46.1% in April 2014. The average mortgage granted to first-time buyers is up 1.2% on the month in April and 2.5% annually. ‘The pre-election property market held its breath in April but the election uncertainty did not have an overall stifling effect on the market average property price growth for the UK slowed but did not come off the boil,’ said Paul Smith, chief executive officer haart, which has a network of over 200 branches across the country. ‘However, there was a drop in activity from sellers and prospective buyers in the run up as a wait and see attitude took hold of the market. We are already seeing the reversal of this with a flurry of activity from prospective sellers in the weekend immediately following the election,’ he explained. ‘Continuity of government, no mansion tax and supportive policies like the Help to Buy ISA should keep the property market on its upward trajectory for the rest of 2015,’ he added. Continue reading →

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