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House prices see 'relatively little growth', says government

UK house prices rose 1.1% in April and are up 1.4% compared to the same period last year.

 
House prices see 'relatively little growth', says government

UK house prices increased by 1.1% in April, according to new government figures.

In the 12 months to April, however, there was 'relatively little growth' in house prices, the Office of National Statistics said.

Prices are up 1.4% compared to April last year, but this is down to a 1.7% rise in England offsetting declines of 8.1%, 0.3% and 1.1% in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the ONS explained.

The increase in England was driven primarily by a 4.9% rise in London. Prices were also up in the South East and South West, by 2.1% and 1.6% respectively. The largest decreases, meanwhile, were recorded in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber.

Prices of new homes rose by far more – some 5.1% – over the year compared to prices of pre-owned property, which increased just 1.1%.

First time buyers, meanwhile, paid an average of 1.5% more for a property in April 2012 than last year, compared to existing owners which paid 1.4% more.

ONS also revealed that the percentage of houses purchased by first time buyers fell from 43% in March to 32% in April following the expiry of the stamp duty holiday for first time buyers on properties worth up to £250,000.

Ashley Alexander, managing director of property website MeetMyAgent.co.uk, said the ONS figures merely confirm what we already know: 'that the housing market has been rather subdued over the past 12 months'.

'Property prices have stabilised due to low transaction volumes, a short supply of stock and weak demand,' he explained. 'However, if the London property market takes its foot off the pedal even for a second, the national picture will look far less rosy'.

2 comments so far. Why not have your say?

MC

Jun 19, 2012 at 14:35

In other words, prices are down everywhere except London where they are rising (due funny money from eurozone exiles, oligarchs etc), nowhere in the UK is actually seeing 'relatively little growth'.

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Medved

Jun 19, 2012 at 15:54

Yes MC England is now effectively two countries economically. London - and the rest. Another example of this imbalance is the Olympic Games fiasco where all the money will go to London. No wonder interest in the Games is almost non-existent outside it.

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