You are here: Home - Mortgages - First Time Buyer - News -

June marks six consecutive months of house price increases

Written by:
Despite the ongoing political uncertainty newly-marketed property prices rose by 0.3 per cent or £1,058 in June, the sixth consecutive month of increases, according to Rightmove.

Four regions – the East Midlands, the North West, Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber – confirmed highest ever prices and to within £91 of a new record.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, said: “More buoyant markets in the north and midlands are helping to nudge up prices due to the seemingly relentless strength of buyer demand.”

However, Rightmove said at the mid-point of 2019 new seller supply remains constrained nationally, down by an average of five per cent annually, although better performing northerly regions are driving and beating the national average.

Shipside added: “The national market faces a range of challenges, with overall average asking prices barely changed from last year, and activity levels slightly lower. Some buyers are hesitant due to the long-drawn-out uncertainty of Brexit, and there is also a slight tightening of mortgage availability and stretched buyer affordability, especially when it comes to raising a deposit.

“There is however a marked north-south divide as all northern regions are selling better than those in the southern part of the UK.”

Shipside said: “To sell in these more difficult locations you have to undercut the asking prices of similar properties, and preferably have a well-finished and expertly marketed home that will all combine to stir hesitant buyer interest.”

The capital

London continues to suffer the impact of Brexit more than any other region with the price of newly-marketed property in London falling by an average of 0.4 per cent, or £2,709, this month.

The last rise at this time of year was back in June 2015, when London property prices were going up by six per cent a year, said Rightmove.

“Market conditions are very different now, negatively affected by the triple whammy of stretched buyer affordability, moving costs including stamp duty, and Brexit jitters. The annual rate is still in negative territory at – two per cent.”

Tomer Aboody, director of property lender MT Finance, said: “Once again, this data shows that the market is feeling confident, or at least people have decided that if they need or want to move, then now is the time to do so. Political uncertainty can only bring buyers and sellers to a standstill to a certain extent.

“What is a real positive is that the average house price is nearly at a record level, while the southern regions are down. This shows that it is the activity and demand in the northern regions which is pushing prices up, rather than already high-valued properties in London.”

Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent, added: “Looking forward, it is clear some areas are more price-sensitive than others and Brexit is not a big issue everywhere. Nevertheless, political certainty will add to confidence and is likely to release more pent-up demand as buyers and sellers can’t sit on their hands indefinitely.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Autumn Statement: Everything you need to know at a glance

Yesterday Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made his first fiscal statement in the role, outlining a range of tax measure...

End of Help to Buy: 10 alternatives for first-time buyers

The deadline for Help to Buy Equity Loan applications passed on 31 October. If you’re a first-time buyer who...

Moving to an energy prepayment meter: Everything you need to know

As households struggle with the soaring cost of energy, tens of thousands of billpayers are expected to move o...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week