The latest on rent and house price growth

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2021

Following an extraodinary few months for the property market, we take a look at how house prices and rents have changed and the predictions for the months ahead.

Rents rise in all UK regions

  • All regions in the UK saw an annual increase in monthly rent in July. The South West experienced the biggest increase (12.9%), followed by Wales (11.8%) and the East Midlands (10.8%).
  • According to the RICS residential survey, tenant demand rose for a fifth straight quarter, with a current net balance of +52% of respondents reporting an increase in demand.
  • Landlord instructions remain in decline, with a net balance of -20%, the fourth consecutive quarter with a negative reading.
  • The imbalance between supply and demand has put upward pressure on prices and rents are expected to increase by 3% over the next year.

Source: Dataloft, HomeLet, RICS

Record-breaking house price growth

  • The UK experienced a 13.2% annual increase in house prices in June 2021. This is the largest annual increase recorded since 2004.
  • The average price of a UK house now stands at a record high of £265,668, which is £30,965 higher than the same time last year.
  • All regions in the UK experienced an annual increase in house prices. The North West experienced the biggest increase (18.6%), followed by Wales (16.7%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (15.8%).
  • There are early signs of house price growth slowing down, with Nationwide reporting a monthly decline in July house prices (-0.5%) and Rightmove reporting an overall decline in ask prices (-0.3%).

Source: Dataloft, UKHPI.

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