House prices down in 2023 says Nationwide

UK house prices 1.8% lower in 2023, says Nationwide

House prices have ended the year 1.8% lower in the UK, according to Nationwide Building Society

The Nationwide forecasts no growth or a further fall in 2024.

The lender said the average house price across the UK was £257,443 in December 2023. This was flat compared to November 2023 but down compared to December 2022.

The lender reportedly said that consumer confidence ‘remains weak’, despite some mortgage rates falling in anticipation for Bank of England (BoE) to cut borrowing costs in the months ahead.

The number of housing transactions has been running at around 10% below pre-Covid levels, Nationwide reported. The fall was more pronounced for those buying a house using a mortgage – down 20% compared to before the pandemic.

However, the volume of cash deals continues to run above the levels recorded before Covid hit.

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