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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

House price growth easing says Halifax

halifax july house price index 2017
  • Three month change (May-July) - down 0.2% than (February-April), a 4th quarterly fall. 
  • (May-July 2017) price up 2.1% from (May-July 2016)
  • Monthly price (July) up 0.4%.

Halifax's Russell Galley comments:

“House prices continue to remain broadly flat, as they have since the start of the year. Prices in the three months to July were marginally lower than in the preceding three months, while the annual rate of growth has edged down from 5.7% in January to 2.1% in July; the lowest rate since April 2013.

The rise in the employment level by 175,000 in the three months to May helped push the unemployment rate down to 4.5%, the lowest since June 1975. However, this improvement in the jobs market has not, as yet, boosted wage growth, resulting in earnings rising at a slower rate than consumer prices. This squeeze on spending power, together with the impact on property transactions of the stamp duty changes in 2016 now being realised, along with affordability concerns, appear to have contributed to weaker housing demand.

However, a continued low mortgage rate environment, combined with an ongoing shortage of properties for sale, should help continue to support house prices over the coming months.” 

Read in full -  Halifax House Price Index 

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