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Business & Finance

UK house prices rise by most since 2016, Halifax says

  • Halifax said it did not expect the recent pace of price increases to last as the economic outlook was likely to remain challenging, even with the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines.
07 Dec 2020

LONDON: British house prices showed their biggest annual rise since June 2016 last month, as people sought to move into bigger houses following the COVID lockdown earlier this year, mortgage lender Halifax said on Monday.

House prices in November were 7.6pc higher than a year earlier, a slightly faster increase than October's 7.5pc annual rise and the biggest increase since June 2016, just before Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Halifax said it did not expect the recent pace of price increases to last as the economic outlook was likely to remain challenging, even with the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines.

"With unemployment predicted to peak around the middle of next year, and the UK's economy not expected to fully recover the ground lost over 2020, for a number of years, a slowdown in housing market activity is likely over the next 12 months," Halifax managing director Russell Galley said.

Halifax said house prices rose by 1.2pc in November alone, compared with a 0.9pc increase in October, and that they had risen by 6.5pc over the past five months, the most since 2004.

The Bank of England said last week that lenders approved the greatest number of mortgages in 13 years in October, and another mortgage lender, Nationwide, reported the biggest rise in prices in nearly six years at 6.5pc for November.