UK House Prices Rise 0.1% in October

UK house prices rose at their slowest pace for seven months in October, in the latest sign of a modestly cooling housing market.

Average house prices increased by just 0.1% over the month to £271,000, the slowest growth since March when prices fell by 0.4%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Annual house price inflation across the country cooled to 10.4% from a seven-year high of 12.1% in September.

Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau, said: “House prices have experienced a slight slowdown in recent months, with seasonal variations as well as tighter mortgage regulation reining in property prices. However, average prices are still well up on last year, with the UK as a whole experiencing double-digit growth.”

Excluding London and the south-east, where house prices are rising at the fastest rates, prices grew by 6.7% in the year to October, the ONS said.

London house prices soared by 17.2% in the 12 months to October, although this was a slowdown compared with 18.8% growth in the year to September.

It brought the average house price in the capital in October to £504,000, while in the north-east the average was £152,000, the lowest of any English region. The average across the UK was £271,000 but it was higher in the south-east and the east.

via The Guardian

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