Nationwide reports that UK annual house price growth fell to -3.4% in May, from -2.7% in April, but hopes for a ‘soft landing’
Chris Druce, senior research analyst at estate agent Knight Frank, says further interest rate increases will act as a ‘brake’ on the housing market:
“With fewer transactions at the start of the year due to the uncertainty caused by the mini-Budget, UK house price data has oscillated in recent months. However, today’s figures from Nationwide suggest that we’ve entered into a more stable period.
“There is still an element of price exploration playing out in the residential property market, as buyers and sellers adapt to the reduction in spending power that has occurred due to the significant increase in borrowing costs over the last 18 months.