Halifax House Price Index - April 2012
UK house price growth on an underlying basis remains relatively subdued, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.
Commenting, Martin Ellis, housing economist, said:
"Prices in the three months to April were 0.3% higher than in the previous quarter, marking the first rise in this measure for seven months. Despite the slight improvement in the underlying trend in recent months, house prices continue to lack real direction with the current UK average price little different to where it was at the end of 2011. The monthly figures continue to fluctuate quite widely with a 2.4% decline in April, wiping out March's 2.2% rise.
"The ending of the stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers in late March appears to have boosted home sales early this year as buyers strove to beat the deadline, and has probably contributed to the volatility in house prices in the last few months.
"We continue to expect little overall movement in prices as the UK economic situation remains challenging."