Rate rises quash spring price bounce but activity holds up

Rate rises quash spring price bounce but activity holds up.

Rightmove’s latest House Price Index shows that average new seller asking prices fell by £82 (-0.0%) this month to £372,812.
This is the first monthly drop in new asking prices this year, and the first at this time of year since 2017. On average over the previous ten years the portal has seen an increase of 0.6% in asking prices at this time of year, indicating that buyer affordability constraints and more pricing realism from new sellers have brought forward the usual summer slowdown. There have been some significant increases in fixed mortgage interest rates over the last few weeks following stubbornly high inflation figures, piling pressure onto already very stretched budgets. These increases in rates and monthly mortgage payments may mean that some have to pause their plans for now. However, Rightmove’s latest snapshot of the market suggests the immediate impact on activity has been limited with most movers determined to carry on if they can still afford it.

Tim Bannister Rightmove’s Director of Property Science adds: “We expect asking prices to edge down during the second half of the year which is the normal seasonal pattern, and while we sometimes re-forecast our expectations for annual price changes at this time, current trends suggest that our original forecast of a 2% annual drop in asking prices at the end of 2023 is still valid.

“We expected some more twists and turns this year and we’ve had several in the last month, including stubbornly high inflation figures, surprisingly large average wage increases, and their eventual impact on mortgage interest rates and availability. We expect that there may be more change to come. It is likely to feel very frenetic for those taking out a mortgage right now, as they try to quickly lock in the best rate that they can find. Although the impact of higher mortgage rates on activity levels has been limited so far, with prospective buyers who can still afford to move appearing determined to go ahead, it remains to be seen how movers will respond to the expected further rate rises.”.

 

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