Nationwide: House prices see tenth successive monthly increase

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2022

"While the wider UK economy may be wobbling like a homemade Jubilee trifle, the housing market is standing firm, with property values continuing to climb."

House prices have posted a tenth successive monthly increase in May to keep annual price growth in double-digits, according to the latest Nationwide house price index.

May saw a slight slowing in the rate of annual house price growth to 11.2%, from 12.1% in April. Prices rose by 0.9% month-on-month, after taking account of seasonal effects.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said: “Despite growing headwinds from the squeeze on household budgets due to high inflation and a steady increase in borrowing costs, the housing market has retained a surprising amount of momentum. Demand is being supported by strong labour market conditions, where the unemployment rate has fallen towards 50-year lows, and with the number of job vacancies at a record high. At the same time, the stock of homes on the market has remained low, keeping upward pressure on house prices.

“We continue to expect the housing market to slow as the year progresses. Household finances are likely to remain under pressure with inflation set to reach double digits in the coming quarters if global energy prices remain high. Measures of consumer confidence have already fallen towards record lows. Moreover, the Bank of England is widely expected to raise interest rates further, which will also exert a cooling impact on the market if this feeds through to mortgage rates."

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