13th April 2018
House prices in London declined at their sharpest rate for nine years during the first part of 2018. Prices fell by 3.2% in the first three months of the year to an average of £430,759, the lowest since the end of 2015, according to a report by Halifax and IHS Markit. On an annual basis, London saw a 3.8% reduction, the worst drop since 2011. Most regions continued to show house price growth, but the South East was sluggish at just 0.3%. Leading growth was the East Midlands, at 7.3%, followed by East Anglia at 7.2% and Scotland at 6.7%. IHS Markit's Paul Smith said that as a result of the squeeze on real incomes, an undercurrent of Brexit-related uncertainty, and the likelihood of higher interest rates, "the market seems set to persist in a subdued state".
The Times (12/04/2018) City AM (12/04/2018) The Guardian (12/04/2018)