House price growth slows for the first time since December 2019

According to Zoopla, the average property price grew by only 0.1% in May 2022, the lowest monthly rise since December 2019.

Their House Price Index revealed that the demand for properties remains strong at 40% above the five-year average, but that demand is beginning to decline weekly as the market returns to more ‘normal’ conditions.

Despite the fall in house price growth, the property portal provider also reported that buyers are still experiencing increased mortgage costs. Buyers are facing average rates of 3.37% for a five-year fixed-rate loan now, compared to 2.64% in December, on a £250,000 loan, with a 25% deposit – increasing the annual cost of a new mortgage by more than £870.

Gráinne Gilmore, Head of Research at Zoopla, says:

“Buyer demand is still strong in the housing market, but signals are emerging that the impetus may be easing, so those who want to make a move should investigate their options sooner rather than later. 

“In addition, mortgage rates are likely to continue to climb, so locking into a rate shortly could save hundreds over the longer-term.

“There are many factors supporting the price growth seen since the start of the pandemic, not least the continued imbalance between demand and supply, but the increasing cost of living, increasing mortgage rates for buyers and cloudier economic outlook will act as a brake on house price growth through the rest of the year.”

If you’re looking to buy a new home or remortgage, it’s important to consider your financial position and weigh up your options.

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