House prices falling upwards

Published 6th of April, 2023

The Halifax published its House Price Index for March 2023 this morning

What the Halifax said

Graph chart Halifax house price index March 2023 twindig Housing Hailey

Average house price £287,880

House prices increased by 0.8% or £2,220 in March

Annual house price inflation 1.6%

Twindig Take

The Halifax reported today that house prices rose for the third month in a row, therefore according to the Halifax, house prices have risen every month so far in 2023. This is not the story of a house price crash, rather it appears that house prices are falling upwards.

The Halifax comment that the UK housing market 'continues to show resilience following the sharp downturn at the end of 2022. 

House prices falling upwards

House prices in March 2023 increased for the third month in a row and are currently just 2% below their August 2022 peak. 

In our view, three main factors have led to this positive pricing trend:

The mini-budget spike in mortgage rates has been reversed

In a more stable financial market mortgage lenders are more willing to lend

Wage increases are allowing homebuyers to secure larger mortgages

House price outlook for 2023 

We continue to believe that house prices will soften during 2023 as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, and we were not expecting a hattrick of house price rises to kick off 2023. 

It appears that the UK housing market is stronger and more resilient than we thought and for now at least house prices appear to be falling upwards rather than crashing down  

Rolling Annual house price inflation

The chart below shows the rate of rolling annual house price inflation since May 2020 (year on year), the rate of house price inflation is clearly slowing, but has yet to turn negative 

Housing Hailey

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