After a remarkable few years of growth, it looks like the UK house market may finally be poised for a slowdown.
The latest figures from Halifax show house prices rose just 0.3pc in January – that’s the slowest rate of monthly growth since June 2021.
On an annual basis the rate of growth is steady at 9.7pc, with prices at another record high of £276,759. But the cost-of-living crisis and higher interest rates mean the market is likely to run out of steam in 2022.
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What happened overnight
Asian share markets mostly eased on Monday after stunningly strong US jobs data soothed concerns about the global economy but also added to the risk of an aggressive tightening by the Federal Reserve.
The cautious mood saw MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dip 0.3pc. Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.8pc and South Korea 0.4pc.
China returned from the Lunar New Year break with jumps in equities and commodities, with the blue-chip CSI300 and Shanghai Composite both up 1.6pc and 2pc respectively and metals and iron ore rallying in Shanghai.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which returned from the break on Friday, fell 0.4pc.
Coming up today
- Corporate: No scheduled updates
- Economics: Halifax house price index (UK)