UK property prices up 3% month on month with record highs across the country

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UK residential property prices have risen to a new record as buyers act but sellers hold back with six out of 10 regions posting price highs, the latest real estate index shows. Prices were up 3% or £8,460 to an average of £294,351 and the clear cut general election result is regarded as having boosted the market, according to the May index from online portal Rightmove. It also reveals tighter supply in the market with number of properties coming to market down 8.5% on same period a year ago, though £2 million plus properties buck this trend with and 86% month on month leap in new listings. The firm says that such high demand and low supply highlights the urgency for the delivery of more new build homes. ‘Some buyers had been holding back in the weeks before the election, leading to some sellers suffering an unseasonal price standstill in the late spring. In particular, sentiment and prices got hit in the mooted mansion tax price brackets. Now the unexpected election outcome has caused a strong rebound, prompting an upturn in buyer demand and helping new seller asking prices to hit their highest ever levels,’ said Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst. ‘Agents report that the election surprise has given a boost to market sentiment, driven by more certainty about future economic and taxation policies. While would be buyers have been able to respond quickly to these events, many potential sellers have so far failed to come to market. This has pushed up some of the asking prices of those properties that have been marketed, meaning that buyers are faced with paying a new average record price high for the more limited choice available. It could be said that this is the price of political certainty,’ he added. But he pointed out that pre-election jitters contributed to a small fall of 0.1% in Rightmove’s May index, which has made the size of the rebound in June appear somewhat more dramatic. However, while June’s 3% rise is partly catching up on lost ground from last month’s fall, it is also a reflection of strong housing demand not being matched by suitable supply in many parts of the country. He says that evidence of this is that six out of 10 regions have set new record price highs this month as the supply/demand imbalance and consequent upwards price pressure continue to head further north. As well as the four southern regions, both the East Midlands and West Midlands reached all-time price highs this month. London has seen the strongest monthly price performance, up by 5.7%, aided by the higher priced boroughs seeing more top end owners willing to come to market now that the threat of the mansion tax has been removed. Continue reading →

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