House prices have fallen at the fastest rate for over a decade

A leading UK bank have outlined that house prices have reduced at their fastest rate for 12 years, whilst mortgage rates continue to rise.

Announced today, Halifax have said the annual fall of 2.6% was equal to around £7,500 being wiped off the average UK house price – the biggest decrease since 2011.

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The news was announced as financial firm Moneyfacts released data on Friday showing the average two-year fixed rate mortgage had climbed to 6.54%.

Halifax’s director of mortgages Kim Kinnaird said the “resulting squeeze on affordability will inevitably act as a brake on demand” as buyers consider what they can realistically afford.

‘How deep or persistent the downturn in house prices will be remains hard to predict,’ she said.

The lender said the drop had to be seen in the context of a market which had seen little movement in prices recently.

‘This rate of decline largely reflects the impact of historically high house prices last summer – annual growth peaked at 12.5% in June 2022 – supported by the temporary Stamp Duty cut,’ Ms Kinnaird said.

But the volume of mortgage applications held up well throughout June, particularly from first-time buyers.

‘Consumer price inflation is likely to come down in the near term as energy and food prices look set to reverse their steep rises, but core inflation (which strips out energy and food prices) is clearly proving stickier than originally expected.

‘With markets now forecasting a peak in Bank Rate of over 6%, the likelihood is that mortgage rates will remain higher for longer, and the squeeze on household finances will continue to put downward pressure on house prices over the coming year,’ Ms Kinnaird added.

As it stands, the typical UK property now costs £285,932. Although, house prices a year ago were rising quickly as they were in such high demand when the cost-of-living first hit due to their being such little supply.

Now activity on homes has become stagnant – there were 74,360 transactions in May, according to the latest data from HM Revenue and Customs. That marks a 25% drop on the same month earlier.

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