Annual house price growth slows to single digits in September

by | Sep 30, 2022

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  • Modest slowing in annual UK house price growth to 9.5% in September, from 10% in August.
  • 10 of the UK’s 13 regions recorded slower annual price growth in the third quarter of the year.
  • Southwest was the strongest performing region once again, while London remained weakest.
Headlines Sep-22 Aug-22
Monthly Index* 542.7 542.7
Monthly Change* 0.0% 0.7%
Annual Change 9.5% 10.0%
Average Price

(not seasonally adjusted)

£272,259 £273,751

* 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:

“In September, annual house price growth slowed to single digits for the first time since October last year although, at 9.5%, the pace of increase remained robust. Prices were unchanged over the month from August, after taking account of seasonal effects. This is the first month not to record a sequential rise since July 2021.

“There have been further signs of a slowdown in the market over the past month, with the number of mortgages approved for house purchase remaining below pre-pandemic levels and surveyors reporting a decline in new buyer enquiries.  Nevertheless, the slowdown to date has been modest and, combined with a shortage of stock on the market, this has meant that price growth has remained firm.

“By lowering transaction costs, the reduction in stamp duty may provide some support to activity and prices, as will the strength of the labour market, assuming it persists, with the unemployment rate at its lowest level since the early 1970s.

“However, headwinds are growing stronger suggesting the market will slow further in the months ahead. High inflation is exerting significant pressure on household budgets with consumer confidence declining to all-time lows.

“Housing affordability is becoming more stretched. Deposit requirements remain a major barrier, with a 10% deposit on a typical first-time buyer property equivalent to almost 60% of annual gross earnings – an all-time high.

“Moreover, the significant increase in prices in recent years. together with the significant increase in mortgage rates since the start of the year. have pushed the typical mortgage payment as a share of take-home pay well above the long-run average.

Most regions see further slowing in price growth

“Our regional house price indices are produced quarterly with data for Q3 (the three months to September) showing a softening in annual house price growth in 10 of the UK’s 13 regions (see table on page 4).

“The South West remained the strongest performing region, even though it saw a slowing in annual house price growth to 12.5%, from 14.7% in Q2. This was closely followed by the East Midlands, which saw annual price growth pick up to 12.3%, from 11.4% in the previous quarter.

“Wales saw annual price growth slow to 12.1% but remained the top performing nation. Price growth in Northern Ireland softened to 10.1%. Meanwhile, Scotland saw a further slowdown in annual growth to 7.8%, compared with 9.5% last quarter.

Annual growth by region Q3 2022

“England saw a further slowing in annual house price growth in Q3 to 9.9%, from 10.7% in Q2. While the South West remained the strongest performing region, southern England continued to see weaker growth overall than northern England.

“Within northern England (which comprises North, North West, Yorkshire & The Humber, East Midlands and West Midlands), the East Midlands was the strongest performing region with price growth picking up to 12.3% year-on-year, from 11.4% in the second quarter.

“London remained the weakest performing UK region, although did see a modest pickup in annual price growth to 6.7%, from 6.0% last quarter.”

Quarterly Regional House Price Statistics (Q3 2022)

Please note that these figures are for the three months to September, therefore will show a different UK average price and annual percentage change to our monthly house price statistics.

Regions over the last 12 months

Region Average Price

(Q3 2022)

Annual % change this quarter Annual % change last quarter
South West £321,725 12.5% 14.7%
East Midlands £241,699 12.3% 11.4%
Wales £213,684 12.1% 13.4%
West Midlands £247,120 12.0% 11.8%
North West £212,998 11.3% 13.3%
East Anglia £289,266 11.2% 14.2%
Yorks & H £209,261 11.0% 11.8%
Outer S East £353,276 10.4% 11.1%
N Ireland £183,960 10.1% 11.0%
Outer Met £435,709 8.3% 10.0%
North £159,309 8.1% 10.6%
Scotland £184,496 7.8% 9.5%
London £534,545 6.7% 6.0%
UK £273,135 10.3% 11.4%

 

 

UK Fact File (Q3 2022)

Quarterly average UK house price £273,135
Annual percentage change 10.3%
Quarterly change* 1.3%
Most expensive region London
Least expensive region North
Strongest annual price change South West
Weakest annual price change London

* Seasonally adjusted

Nations – annual & quarterly price change

Nation Average Price

(Q3 2022)

Annual % change this quarter Quarterly % change*
Wales £213,684 12.1% 2.5%
N Ireland £183,960 10.1% 1.5%
England £311,508 9.9% 0.8%
Scotland £184,496 7.8% 1.6%

* Seasonally adjusted

 

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