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House Price Inflation Slows

Nationwide found house price inflation cooling this month, as the price of a typical house increased by 0.4%, down from February’s rate of 1.1%, bringing the annual rate of inflation to single digits at 9.3%. This brings the price of the average UK property to £177,083, £15,000 higher than at this time last year – a rise equivalent to £41 per day.

“While the annual rate of inflation has yo-yo-ed over the past few months, the interest rate is clearly softening as interest rates take effect,’ said Fionnuala Earley, Nationwide’s Chief Economist.

She went on to say that leading indicators of house price inflation also suggest that the underlying trend will continue to slow this year. Mortgage approvals and buyer enquiries at estate agents have weakened since the start of the year, she notes, and as a result is expecting that this will continue as the dampening effect of the earlier interest rate rises feed through.

Nationwide, however, doesn’t see this slowing of inflation as an indicator of gloomy times ahead. On the contrary, Ms Earley expects that the lack of supply will ensure the market stays buoyant: ‘In spite of cooling in demand, the UK housing market will remain fairly firm in the short term, partly because of the momentum built in the market that will take a few months to work through, but also because of supply constraints,’ she said.

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