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Annual house price growth slows to five-year low – Halifax

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Annual house price growth slows to five-year low – Halifax
The annual rate of house price growth has fallen from 2.5% in September to 1.5% in October, hitting the lowest level since March 2013, data have shown.

 

House prices in the latest quarter to October 2018 were 0.2% higher than in the preceding three months to July, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

On a monthly basis, house prices rose marginally by 0.7% in October, following two monthly falls in a row.

The report also found that the average house price now stands at £227,869.

Managing director of Halifax, Russell Galley (pictured), said that further house price support comes from an already high and improving employment rate and historically low mortgage rates which are creating higher rates of relative affordability.

He added: “We see this continuing to be the case over the coming months and we remain supportive of our 0-3% forecast range.”

 

Extending stamp duty exemption to people wanting to downsize

Kevin Roberts, director of Legal and General Mortgage Club said that more sustainable house price growth, an extension of Help to Buy and a Stamp Duty exemption for Shared Ownership properties puts young people in a much stronger position to buy their first home.

He added: “The changes in the Budget were certainly welcome, but if we want to create a housing market that is accessible and fair to all, we need to see more support for downsizers and families too.

“That means extending the stamp duty exemption to people wanting to downsize and delivering on thousands of new, affordable homes, including properties suitable for older people that our country desperately needs.”

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