Average price of a UK home is now £205,309
Leading UK house price indices reveal that the UK housing market experienced consecutive monthly price rises in the first half of the year, with prices up 4.7% since the end of 2011, claims a new report from property experts Assetz.
The average price of a home is now £205,309, an increase of £9,156 since December, the highest average price recorded by House Price Watch (which is compiled using data from LSL Acadametrics, Nationwide, Halifax, ONS and Rightmove) since June 2008.
Stuart Law, Chief Executive of Assetz, said: “In spite of GDP falling to 0.7% in the second quarter of this year the UK property market appears to be under the influence of far more positive drivers. All of the figures in the latest House Price Watch point to positive annual growth this year with no ‘double dip’ in the forecast. The market is in fact outshining price performance in the first half of 2011 which went on to see price growth of 0.5% for the year as a whole, further dispelling this myth. However, the latest economic figures could still dampen activity in the third quarter.
“Growth of 4.7% for the year to date is reassuring and it looks like the long period of price stability seen since early 2010 could be making way for a strong rise in prices this year. While the figures paint a positive national picture some areas continue to outperform others but this is something consumers are increasingly aware of. Savvy buy to let investors are turning to cities outside of London such as Manchester and Leeds where strong demand and a lack of development has meant gross yields of 8% are typical. These investors will help underpin prices in regional cities this year.
He added that he expected to see annual price growth of 3% in 2012 “comfortably achieved”.buying house, moving house, real estate, selling house
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