House lenders increase rates

UK house prices fall as lenders raise mortgage rates

House prices declined in April 2024, with affordability pressures persisting for potential buyers, as reported by Nationwide.

The UK’s largest building society reported a 0.4% decrease in house prices compared to the previous month. The average cost of a home now stands at £261,962, which is 4% lower than in the summer of 2022 peak.

According to the report, the increase in borrowing costs was a significant factor in the recent drop in prices.

In recent days a string of lenders raised rates on new fixed-rate mortgage deals.

The rise was driven by expectations that the Bank of England (BoE) would implement fewer and more gradual interest rate reductions.

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