UK house price growth slows to lowest level in five years

Property price inflation put 3 per cent for May, according to official statistics


Annual house price growth in the UK slowed to its lowest levels in nearly five years in May, official figures show. Across the UK, average property values increased by 3 per cent in the year to May, down from 3.5 per cent in April, according to figures released jointly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Land Registry and other bodies.

This marked the lowest annual rate since August 2013 when annual house price growth was also at 3 per cent . The average UK house price in May was £226,000.

The cooling in UK house price growth is mainly driven by a slowdown in the South and East of England, the report said. In London, house prices fell by 0.4 per cent annually in May — marking the fourth month in a row of annual declines. By contrast, the East Midlands was the region with the fastest annual house price growth, at 6.3 per cent . In England, house prices increased by 2.9 per cent over the year to May, taking the average property value there to £244,000. Wales saw average house prices increase by 1 per cent over the previous 12 months to stand at £149,000. In Scotland, the average price increased by 4.9% over the year to reach £149,000. The average price in Northern Ireland was #130,000, marking an increase of 4.2 per cent over the year.

Richard Snook, senior economist at PwC, said forecasts suggest the average UK house price could rise to around £285,000 by 2025. He continued: “In our regional forecasts we predict price falls in London in 2018 and 2019 of 1.7 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively.” Sarah Beeny, founder of estate agent, said house prices will continue to be held up by “high levels of buyer demand and a shortage of properties coming on to the market”. - PA