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Property Investor’s FactFile – February 2019

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National Property Prices

National Property PricesNational Property Prices - February 2019

London Property Prices

London Property Prices - February 2019London Property Prices

Monthly House Price Changes

Monthly House Price ChangesMonthly House Price Changes


LIBOR Data - February 2019LIBOR Data - February 2019

SWAP Rate Data

SWAP Rate Data - February 2019SWAP Rate Data

Private Rented Sector (PRS) – Rental Price Growth

Private Rented Sector (PRS) - Rental Price Growth - February 2019Private Rented Sector (PRS) - Rental Price Growth

Private Rented Sector (PRS) – Growth Index

Private Rented Sector (PRS) - Growth Index - February 2019Private Rented Sector (PRS) - Growth Index

Total Mortgage Approvals

Total Mortgage Approvals - February 2019Total Mortgage Approvals

First Time Buyer – Affordability Measure

First Time Buyer - Affordability MeasureFirst Time Buyer - Affordability Measure

First Time Buyer – Gross House Price to Earnings Ratios

First Time Buyer - Gross House Price to Earnings RatiosFirst Time Buyer - Gross House Price to Earnings Ratios

Commentary by Ruban Selvanayagam

This month’s factfile data saw the main house price indices offering a mixed bag of price movements from an upbeat 2.29% growth estimation from the Halifax to a -0.82% drop reported by the Nationwide (echoing a wide consensus of less bullish price predictions).  The Land Registry’s House Price Index (HPI), undoubtedly the most reliable measure, also reported -0.2% decrease between October and November – a trend that’s likely to continue as the lagged data appears in the public domain.
Of course, regional disparities will remain – with growth expectations expected in cities and the surrounding regions of Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
With an uncertain political backdrop, growing LIBOR rates reflect the increasingly conservative approach being taken by lenders.  Heightened Brexit-related risk is likely to remain in the coming months as much will depend on the outcome of withdrawal agreement and ensuing business / consumer confidence.

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