House price growth moderates in March

02 April 2014

  • UK house prices increased by 0.4% in March and were 9.5% higher than March 2013
  • Prices are around 3% below 2007 peak
Headlines Mar-14 Feb-14
Monthly Index*

360.5

358.9

Monthly Change*

0.4%

0.7%

Annual Change

9.5%

9.4%

Average Price (not seasonally adjusted)

£180,264

£177,846


* Seasonally adjusted figure (note that monthly % changes are revised when seasonal adjustment factors are re-estimated)

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said:

“There is little doubt that the recovery in the housing market is now firmly established, with activity levels picking up and house prices recording their fifteenth successive monthly increase in March.

“There are some tentative signs of moderation, with the monthly pace of price growth slowing to 0.4% in March down from 0.7% in February and 0.8% in January. Nevertheless, viewed in annual terms, price growth is continuing to run at a robust pace, with the price of a typical home 9.5% higher than in March 2013.

“Record low mortgage rates, improved availability of credit and the brighter economic outlook are all leading to increased demand for housing. However, the upturn in the supply side of the market continues to lag far behind, with the number of new homes being built in England still around 40% below pre-crisis levels (and this was already insufficient to keep up with the increase in the number of households being formed).

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