UK home costs regular, gross sales weakest in 5 months – RICS

LONDON (Reuters) – House costs in London fell final month on the quickest tempo since April however there have been robust features away from southern England, giving a broadly flat image general, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors mentioned on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Terraced homes are seen in Primrose Hill, London, Britain September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo

The RICS mentioned its month-to-month nationwide home worth stability edged all the way down to +2 in August from July’s six-month excessive of +four, in keeping with common expectations in a Reuters ballot of economists.

London has been the hardest-hit property market within the United Kingdom since 2016’s Brexit vote, with urge for food for costly metropolis centre housing broken by concern about monetary providers jobs after Brexit and better buy taxes.

The prospect of upper rates of interest was an additional concern, RICS mentioned, after the Bank of England raised charges in August for under the second time in a decade and mentioned it was heading in the right direction to lift charges progressively.

RICS mentioned its regional worth stability for London sank to -52 in August, its lowest since April, whereas in Northern Ireland, the place costs have but to recuperate from the 2008 monetary disaster, the index was a sturdy +48.

“It is clearly very difficult to talk about the housing market … without being acutely aware of the marked differences in trends across the UK. In many parts of the country the housing market actually remains quite firm,” RICS economist Simon Rubinsohn mentioned.

Sales volumes at a nationwide degree had been the weakest in 5 months, however this principally mirrored a sluggish market in areas neighbouring London, with stable demand in Northern Ireland and southwest England.

In the long run, RICS mentioned its members anticipated rents to develop sooner than home costs. Rents had been forecast to rise by about three p.c a yr over the subsequent 5 years, whereas costs had been predicted to extend at an annual price of two p.c.

Reporting by David Milliken, enhancing by Andy Bruce

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