Property price hike in London

House prices nationally have seen an uplift for the first time in 9 months, but three quarters of those rises were in London and the South East.

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Average house price in London: £383,000

News a disappointment for people struggling to get on the property ladder Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Last month the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank predicted that the price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade.

The economic experts said that the average house in the capital will cost £383,000 this year, rising more than 30% by 2020.

This recent property news is good news for home owners in the capital but a blow for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.


Enfield the only London borough to see prices fall

Enfield was the only London borough to see a price fall Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The research from the Hometrack Housing Survey shows that almost half of London postcodes – 48 per cent – registered an increase in February while 26 per cent of South East postcodes had grew in value.

There were prices rises in most of London's boroughs last month.

-The greatest increases in house prices last month were seen in: City of London, Merton, Bexley, Wandsworth, Southwark, Kingston-upon-Thames and Ealing.

-However Newham, Havering and Greenwich remained static.

-And Enfield was the only London borough to see a price fall.

-Sussex (West and East),Hertfordshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Kent also all saw price increases.

Lack of properties pushing up prices in London

74% of local areas showing increases last month were in London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

House prices saw a national uplift for the first time in nine months in February - but three-quarters of the rises recorded were in London and the South East.

Prices increased by 0.1% month-on-month across England and Wales with 15% of postcodes recording rises and 8% seeing prices fall.

However, 74% of the local areas showing increases were in London and the South East, property analyst Hometrack said. Prices in London increased by 0.3%, while those in the South East followed closely with a 0.2% rise.

The market saw a seasonal bounce back last month, with a 14% increase in new buyers registering with estate agents and an 8.7% rise in the number of new homes listed for sale.

Hometrack predicts that activity is set to grow in the housing market moving into spring and that prices in London and the South are likely to be held up by a lack of sellers putting their homes on the market.

It said that some potential sellers in the South are being put off coming to market by a stamp duty rate of 7% which was placed on houses worth more than £2 million last March.

Lack of properties for sale bolstering prices in the capital Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

However, one agent in London, which has always been popular with overseas buyers, told the survey that the number of homes coming on the market is the lowest they have seen in five years.

This indicates how a lack of properties for sale is helping to bolster prices as buyers have less choice, the study said.

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