Hometrack : UK city house prices increase by 6.9 pct y-o-y in January
According to the Hometrack UK Cities House price Index, UK city house prices increased by 6.9 pct year-on-year in January
London has slipped to 8th in the price inflation rankings (figure 1). Year on year growth running at 6.4%, the lowest for 42 months (June 2013). House price growth is slowing across all sub-markets. The lowest capital value markets continue to register above average price growth (>8%) – areas with average prices of c.£300,000 or 40% lower than the London average.
The markets with the highest capital values in London continue to register modest year on year price falls of up to 3% as weaker demand feeds into pricing at a faster rate than in outer London areas. We expect the rate of house price inflation for the London city index to continue to slow over 2017 towards 0%.
Regional cities overtake London
London is being overtaken by large regional cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool where prices are rising off a lower base and where affordability levels remain in line with their long run average. Manchester is the fastest growing city outside southern England where prices are up 8.3% in the last year on an average price which is a third that of London.
London prices up 85% since 2009
Slower growth in London is not surprising given house prices are 85% higher than they were in 2009 (figure 2). This growth is primarily a result of rising incomes and strong demand with buying power fuelled by record low mortgage rates.
Fig. 2 – Price recovery since 2009 – more upside
Cambridge and Oxford have recorded strong price gains of >75% which have resulted in record high price to earnings ratios in these cities (see November 2016 report).
The contrast to cities outside southern England is stark with prices in Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool just 13%-16% higher than their post global financial crisis lows.