House prices increase by 0.3% in February

  • House prices increased by 0.3% in February
  • Prices 0.1% lower than one year ago

Headlines January 2011

February 2011

Monthly Index* 327.2 328.0
Monthly Change* -0.1% 0.3%
Annual Change -1.4% -0.1%
Average Price £161,211 £161,183

* Seasonally adjusted

Commenting on the figures Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist said:

"House prices increased by 0.3% month-on-month in February, leaving prices 0.1% lower than the same month a year ago. The overall picture is still one of a market treading water. Indeed, the three month on three month measure of house prices, a better measure of the underlying trend, was basically flat in February at -0.1%.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Housing market trends are closely linked to wider economic prospects. Given that the recovery hit a soft patch at the turn of the year and looks set to remain sluggish in the year ahead, the property market is likely to follow suit, with relatively low transaction levels and prices moving sideways or modestly lower through 2011.

Demand for homes has levelled out, supported by historically low interest rates and some stabilisation in the labour market. The continued uncertain outlook for the economy is likely to keep many potential buyers on the sidelines for some time yet.

Nevertheless, there are few signs of a glut of unsold homes building up on the market. Sellers remain reluctant to accept lower prices to secure a sale. In fact there are tentative signs that the volume of homes coming onto the market is slowing."

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