House price fall hat-trick

Published 1st of December, 2022

Graph chart nationwide house price index November 2022 Twindig Housing Hailey

The Nationwide released its house price index for November today

What the Nationwide said

Average house price in November 2022 was £263,788

House prices fell by 1.4% or £4,494 in November the biggest fall since June 2020

Annual house price inflation fell to 4.4% down from 7.2% in October 2022

Twindig Take  

House prices fell for the third month in a row in November according to the Nationwide Building Society. From their peak in August 2022 of £273,751, average house prices have fallen by £9,963 to reach £263,788 in November as temperatures cool in the UK housing market.

The upward momentum in mortgage rates and living costs appears to have finally caught up with the UK housing market and is manifesting itself in lower house prices.

With further bank rate rises on the cards and no let up for the time being in living costs, we are likely to see further house price falls in the coming months.

However, at £263,788 average house prices are still more than £47,000 or 22% higher than they were at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the overwhelming majority of homeowners are sitting on a sizeable housing equity cushion despite the recent falls in house prices.

If house price growth since January 2020 had been in-line with longer-term house price growth trends, we estimate that average house prices would be £255,000, which is around 4% lower than current levels, but 18% ahead of their pre-pandemic levels.

We must also remember that despite the UK Government's repeated calls for restraint wage increases are starting to come through (especially when demands are linked to strike action..) and our mortgage capacity is linked to our wages. Therefore if wages rise, pressures on house prices tend to be up not down.

In conclusion, whilst house prices are likely to continue to fall in the coming months we do not envisage seeing a house price crash and we would be surprised if house prices fell below their pre-pandemic levels as this would imply bigger house price falls than seen during the Global Financial Crisis.

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