He suggests there has been a "slight tail-off in appetite" from overseas buyers in light of "acute political uncertainty and proposals for a mansion tax". The number of first-time property buyers in the UK has risen to its highest level in seven years, according to new research from one of Britain's biggest lenders, but overall growth in the housing market will be lower in than it was last year, experts predict.
Halifax said that the number of buyers entering the housing market increased by 22 per cent to , last year, just short of the 23 per cent increase in Government schemes such as Help to Buy, better job prospects and cheap mortgage rates have all contributed to the increase, the BBC says.
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The news comes as an estate agent says that prime London property, which has been running ahead of the rest of the market, is starting to cool. In , several areas outside the capital ouperformed it for the first time in six years. At the same time, the improving prospects for first-time buyers is likely to have a positive effect on the rest of the market.
But the news comes amid predictions of slower growth across the property market in , with the BBC noting that many experts anticipate growth of just four per cent this year, compared with 7. The looming general election will be the major factor affecting activity in the housing market in the early part of , explained Ray Boulger from mortgage brokers John Charcol.
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Growth is unlikely to pick up until the results are known, he added. This "nervousness" among high-value property buyers, particularly in London, will serve to restrict house price growth not just in the capital but across the UK, housing expert Henry Pryor told the BBC. Of course, forecasting property prices "isn't an exact science", notes BT. In a rundown of the predictions of leading experts over the past eight years, the site found that many were extremely inaccurate, with some forecasters' calculations out by as much as ten per cent.
Bank of England confirms recovery, but says market activity is still below pre-Brexit vote average. House prices rose at their fastest pace in more than a year last year, says a new report, underlining the market's resilience in the face of Brexit uncertainty. Property rose 0.
London house prices: is slump coming to an end?
In London, where prices have been falling following last year's increase in stamp duty on second homes and the referendum result, values jumped 0. Critically, this was driven by the 11 most expensive boroughs, which bucked a two-month decline to rise by an average of 0. In general, there have been fewer transactions since the vote for Brexit, but a shortage of supply has helped sustain prices and keep inflation positive. However, the declining number of foreign and investment buyers is translating to slower growth overall, a trend most expect to continue. Your Move's report broadly correlates with this narrative, with annual price rises falling for the 12th consecutive month to hit 2.
The annual gain was also the worst for any February for almost five years while transactions volumes were down 22 per cent over the past three months compared to a year earlier. Outside London, stronger monthly price growth was driven by the east of England region and "new peak prices in Merseyside and Birmingham", adds City AM. There is "no major impetus for change" in the housing market that would alter the slow but steady growth in house prices this year, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Rics says. According to the group's latest monthly report, the amount of properties for sale on estate agent's books is at a "new record low", reports the BBC.
Added to that, Rics said the market was "stagnating" as the number of buyers and overall level of transactions did not change last month relative to February. While a majority of the surveyors thought house prices will continue to rise, it was by a smaller number than believed this in February.
All in all, the Rics report is in line with general trends being observed by wider house price indices: price inflation remains steadily positive but is slowing relative to recent years. Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist, said: "High-end sale properties in central London remain under pressure, while the wider residential market continues to be underpinned by a lack of stock.
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On Thursday, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said prices in London fell for the first time since January , ending the longest unbroken run of increases in more than 20 years. Halifax this week said house price growth has peaked and will now grow at a considerably slower pace, while the Centre for Economics and Business Research is forecasting price falls in But the forecasting model used by Oxford Economics, which includes factors such as a rising population, a poor supply of new homes, and a recovery in incomes, suggests any slowdown could be short-lived.
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