Halifax

Halifax House Price Index - December 2013

08 January 2014

  • House prices in the final three months of 2013 were 1.9% higher than in the previous three months.
  • The annual rate of house price increase fell slightly compared with last month with prices in the three months to December 7.5% higher than in the same three months last year

Commenting, Martin Ellis, housing economist, said:
"House prices in the final three months of 2013 were 1.9% higher than in the previous three months. This was within the narrow range of 1.8-2.1% for this measure recorded in each of the preceding six months. The annual rate of price increase fell slightly compared with last month with prices in the three months to December 7.5% higher than in the same three months last year.

"Mounting signs that the economic recovery is becoming firmly established, together with a predicted decline in unemployment, should further boost consumer confidence over the coming months. This will increase the likelihood that more people will consider buying a property in 2014, therefore supporting housing demand.

"Nonetheless, continuing pressures on household finances, as earnings again fail to keep pace with consumer price inflation, are expected to constrain demand. The recent strengthening in house prices is increasing the amount of equity that many homeowners have in their home. This will potentially encourage and enable more owners to put their property on the market for sale over the coming year, therefore boosting supply. Indeed, our consumer confidence research shows that there has been a significant improvement in sentiment towards selling in recent months. These factors should help to curb the upward pressure on prices."

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