Thursday, 17 April 2014

UK Property Prices Continue to Rise

So, my blog last week I discussed the price divide between the North and South property markets but let us have a quick look about the UK as a whole. As official figures are released from the Office for National Statistics prices across the UK rose by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, this is 3.6% higher than the last property boom in 2008.

The Nations individually grew by the following amounts;
England   9.7%
Northern Ireland   2.8%
Scotland   2.4%
Wales   5.3%

But is the property 'bubble' being exaggerated? Lets face it, property prices can easily increase but will the sales keep up with the pace. Property prices in London alone have increased by 17.7% in the last year to February 2014 but is 75% of the turnover in property sales in the UK. 

Mortgage lending activity still remains lower than previous record but the Help to Buy scheme has been a huge success and contribution to moving the market forward. By the end of January 2014 the Help to Buy scheme sales had reached 17,395 and may this continue as the equity loan was last month extended to run to 2020.

Next week I will go into more detail about the Help to Buy scheme, after all it has really helped!

Beth Alexandra Property Specialists

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