November 2014 House Price Watch
This month's House Price Watch indicates house prices are up on average 0.4% in the past month and up on average 9.1% in the past year
Pace of house price growth slows as buyers become more cautious
While the market is still active, there are signs the market is slowing
- Nationwide indicate that the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in September was 20% below the level at the start of the year and new buyer enquiries continued to fall in September.
- Buyers are becoming more cautious with higher house prices, interest rate rises expected in 2015 and tougher mortgage affordability checks and maximum loan to income caps now in place.
- Alongside falling buyer enquiries, Rightmove data indicates that new seller numbers are up 10% compared with October last year which is giving buyers more choice and negotiating power which is further helping to keep house prices in check.
Buyers and particularly first-time buyers seek greater certainty over monthly payments by taking out fixed rate mortgages
- 90% of new mortgages and 95% of new mortgage lending to first-time buyers are fixed rates according to recent CML data. Nationwide report fixed rates are very attractive for borrowers at the moment “The average two year fix for those with a 25% deposit is currently 2.46% and for borrowers with a 10% deposit, the rates available for two year fixes are the lowest on record.”
Regional Summary – The tide is turning noticeably in London
New buyer enquiries are dropping off faster in London than the UK overall according to RICS survey data.
The deceleration of prices is more apparent in London than in the UK generally according to Hometrack’s new Cities House Price Index.
Regional shifts for all regions (source: Land Registry September House Price Index)
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