UK housing market back in double-digit growth with 10% surge in prices

4 min Read Published: 02 Dec 2021

UK housing market back in double digit growth with 10% surge in pricesAnnual UK house price growth surged 10% in November, meaning prices are now almost 15% above the level they were in March 2020 before the first national lockdown, according to newly-released data from Nationwide Building Society.

Nationwide’s House Price Index

UK house prices continued their upward trajectory in November to reach 10% year-on-year growth, new figures from Nationwide’s House Price Index show. This means that house prices now are 10% more expensive than they were a year ago. The average price of a house in the UK was £229,721 in November 2020 compared to £252,687 in November 2021.

The new figure follows on from the 9.9% growth reported in October, when the average UK house price was £250,311, and represents a nearly 15% increase from the £219,583 that the average homebuyer would have to pay for a property back in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was just beginning to set in.

Two years ago, in November 2019, the average UK house price was almost £37,000 less expensive at £215,734. Check the table below for a summary of how UK house prices have changed in the last 2 years.

November 2021 October 2021 November 2020 March 2020 November 2019
Average UK House Price £252,687 £250,311 £229,721 £219,583 £​​215,734

What is going on with UK house prices?

The UK housing market has seen a slump in recent weeks following the end of the stamp duty holiday in September, but prices have continued to rise steadily despite the lack of activity. This appears to be partly down to the fact that there are less houses on the market in the first place.

Data from HMRC last week noted that the property market in October had been the quietest for almost 10 years, with house sales 28% lower than a year earlier during the same period. Similar figures from the Bank of England showed that the number of mortgage approvals for UK homes tumbled to the lowest level in 16 months in October.

Recent months have also seen the launch of historically low mortgage rates, as well as the reintroduction of higher loan-to-value deals, which have sustained demand and kept prices high.

However, some analysts have stated that they expect UK house prices to stagnate in the first half of 2022, while buying demand may take a hit in the near future as homeowners grapple with the implications of the new Omicron variant and how it could impact their plans to move.

You can read more about what is happening with UK house prices, and what to expect in the coming months, in our article “What is going to happen to UK house prices?”.

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