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Belfast house prices forecast to rise 4.3% to average of £130,600

 

By Staff Reporter

House prices in Belfast are predicted to grow by more than 4% this year, according to a new report.

And growth across the UK's major cities is set to be stronger this year than previously predicted, according to one index.

Values across the 20 biggest cities are now expected by property analysts Hometrack to increase by 6% to 7% over the course of 2017, higher than its previous prediction of 4% made in December 2016.

The average price of a home in Belfast is predicted to rise to £130,600, up 4.3%

Continued robust house price growth in large and vibrant regional cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, despite uncertainty over Brexit, is behind the raised expectations.

While annual house price growth in London has slowed to 2.6%, its lowest levels in over five years, Birmingham now is the fastest-growing major city for house prices, with a 7.8% annual increase.

Hometrack expects growth to continue over the remainder of 2017 as prices are rising off a lower base.

The average price of a property in Birmingham, at £154,900, is less than a third of that in London at £492,700.

Other large regional cities outside the south of England such as Manchester and Leeds continue to register consistent and robust house price growth, supported by the same economic factors which are driving growth in Birmingham, Hometrack said.

Like London, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge have all seen a marked slowdown in the rate of house price growth over the past 12 months.

Record low mortgage rates and falling unemployment are generally continuing to help support price growth, Hometrack added. Richard Donnell, research and insight director at Hometrack, said: "Despite a material slowdown in the rate of house price growth in south eastern England, the headline rate of city house price inflation is holding up, despite the squeeze on real incomes and uncertainty around Brexit."

He said in London, the Brexit vote appears to have had a greater impact on buyer sentiment, and combined with affordability issues has led to a slowdown in the annual growth rate over the last 12 months.

"However, although house price inflation has fallen sharply in the capital it is starting to flatten out and the rate of growth is likely to avoid year-on-year price falls in the coming months."

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's housing market is the strongest in the UK, according to new research.

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank residential market survey said indicators for enquiries, prices, and expectations had all been positive in June.

Annual rate of increase in Birmingham, the fastest-growing city for house prices in the UK

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