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UK house prices to increase by 3% in 2017

    UK house prices to increase by 3% in 2017

    House prices in the UK will see an average increase of 3% over the course of next year as the number of transactions stabilises, according to the RICS housing forecast for 2017.

    Forecast in brief

    • Transactions set to stabilise in line with recent trend, but fall short of full year 2016 outturn
    • Supply shortfall to continue pushing prices higher with prices to increase by 3%
    • Rents likely to increase by 2-3% across the UK in 2017

    Need for more properties

    Following on from the 2016 forecast, the supply pipeline or lack of it is at the forefront of the analysis and dominates the residential market.  While there is an improvement, the legacy of building on an insufficient scale has left the average inventory on estate agents books close to a historic low*.

    What’s in store for 2017?

    Looking forward, transaction activity will stabilise and is likely to come in between 1.15 and 1.2 million, a little below the 1.25 million likely to be recorded for the whole of 2016.  The prediction for 2017 reflects the trend over recent months.

    House prices are predicted to rise across the whole of the UK in 2017 with an average increase of 3%. East Anglia is likely to continue its trend during 2016 and alongside the North West and West Midlands is likely to record gains higher than the national average.  Meanwhile, prices in Central London look set to stabilise after recent declines, with support provided by the weaker exchange rate encouraging foreign buyers.

    Article by the RICS

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