House price growth across is to remain essentially flat in 2018, according to the latest Nationwide House Price Index, which predicts growth of only 1%.
According to the report, modest annual growth in the wider economy of 1-1.5%, combined with stagnating household finances will act as a drag on house prices, holding down growth and keeping activity in the housing market subdued over the next 12 months.
The report also notes that house price growth already slowed over the last year, with prices up by only 2.6% annually in 2017, compared to 4.5% in 2016.
Despite this modest growth in 2017, property prices ended the year down slightly month on month, recording a fall of 0.6%, according to the Halifax.
Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide, said; “Low mortgage rates and healthy employment growth continued to support demand in 2017, while supply constraints provided support for house prices. However, this was offset by mounting pressure on household incomes, which exerted an increasing drag on consumer confidence as the year progressed.
“The impact of previous policy changes, including additional stamp duty on second homes, changes to tax deductibility of landlord expenses and lending criteria, meant that demand from buy to let investors remained subdued in 2017.
”In 2017, London house prices were hit hardest by the slowing market, falling by 0.5% over the year.
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