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House prices in South East 'could surpass London'

The cost of a home in the South East of the UK or "commuter belt" could soon rise higher than the price of a home in London, a property expert has warned.

Hometrack's research director Richard Donnell said the price of a home in counties like East Sussex and Kent could rise beyond the London market, after the property analysts found the cost of a home had risen by at least 5% across 20 UK cities.

There are still bright spots of activity amid reports of a wider national slowdown.

For the first time since the financial crisis, an improved economic outlook has seen house prices in cities outside the south of England rising off a low base.

By the end of the year, we could well see monthly house price growth in London slipping below that of some of the major cities outside the South East.

– Richard Donnell

Average house price rises from London-Aberdeen 2014

Here are average house prices in the UK's 20 major cities in October and the year-on-year percentage growth:

  • London, £402,800, 17.3%
  • Bristol, £217,300, 13.2%
  • Cambridge, £331,000, 12.2%
  • Portsmouth, £194,700, 9.4%
  • Southampton, £189,500, 9.0%
  • Oxford, £333,400, 8.9%
  • Edinburgh, £194,400, 8.7%
  • Belfast, £114,900, 8.3%
  • Nottingham, £128,500, 8.1%
  • Aberdeen, £190,000, 7.9%
  • Cardiff, £176,400, 7.9%
  • Bournemouth, £242,300, 7.6%
  • Manchester, £137,000, 7.6%
  • Leeds, £140,400, 7.3%
  • Newcastle, £123,800, 6.9%
  • Leicester, £143,100, 6.3%
  • Birmingham, £133,700, 6.1%
  • Sheffield, £125,700, 5.7%
  • Liverpool, £109,700, 5.5%
  • Glasgow, £110,100, 5.5%

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House prices rise 5% 'across UK's 20 largest cities'

The cost of a house has risen by at least 5% in 20 of Britain's major cities, with experts pointing to growth as a sign of the economic recovery finally trickling out of the London.

This is the quickest growth in house prices nationwide since 2004. Credit: PA

Property analyst Hometrack revealed there was still a wide discrepancy between the north and the south in terms of house prices, with the cost of a home in London rising by 17.3% or by 5.5% in Liverpool and Glasgow.

However, this was the first time in a decade that house prices have risen year-on-year by more than 5% in all 20 cities.

Bristol emerged as the second priciest place to buy a home in the UK, with the cost of a house rising by 13.2%.

Despite the dramatic growth, house price rises are starting to cool again, Hometrack found.

Growth had slowed in April after banks applied tough "stress tests" about the spending habits of those they lent to, and growth slowed sharply in cities like Oxford and Cambridge over the last few months.

House prices: Gap in London and rest of UK 'widest ever'

The gap in house prices in London and the rest of the UK is the widest it's ever been, reports ITV's Business Editor Joel Hills.

See the chart below for a national breakdown.

Average London house price over £400,000 for first time

House prices in London have soared by 30 per cent since 2007. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The typical price of a London property is now more than double the average UK house price breaking through the £400,000 mark for the first time, Nationwide said.

Cambridge saw the biggest surge in house prices with a 20 per cent increase putting the average cost of a house there at £419, 187.

While the value of properties in St Albans rose 18 per cent reaching an average of £451, 800.

Newcastle was named as the worst-performing city with only a three per cent increase in house prices taking prices there to £181, 473 typically.

In Wales property prices are up almost 10 per cent on a year ago now standing at £145,812.

And in Scotland, typical prices rose to £141,872, figures show.

However, In Northern Ireland, where the housing market is still recovering from some sharp falls in the wake of the financial crisis the average house price now stands at £117,150.

This is around half the level they were at their peak.

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Typical UK house price now £188,000

House prices across the UK are at an all-time high. Credit: PA

The typical house price across the UK has risen 11.8% to reach an all-time high of £188,903, Nationwide has reported.

Last month figures from the Office for National Statistics found first-time buyers have to pay even more to get on the property ladder with a typical starter home now costing £199,000.

Read more: First-time buyers face surge in house prices

House price increases 'slowing amid bubble fear'

The monthly rate of house price growth across England and Wales has halved since April as widespread talk of a possible bubble has injected more caution into home buyers' behaviour, property analyst Hometrack has reported.

Hometrack says the rate of price increases is slowing. Credit: PA

Prices rose by 0.3% month-on-month in June, edging down from a 0.5% monthly increase in May and a 0.6% uplift in April, and Hometrack said it expected the rate of growth to continue to slow.

There was no new growth in buyers registering with agents in June and at 96.6%, the typical proportion of the asking price being achieved fell for the first time in four months, indicating that estate agents were finding it harder to sustain the pace of price growth.

House prices rise for 13 months in a row

Nationwide report showing property prices have risen by 11.1% over the last year also marks the second month in a row where annual growth in property values has hit double digits, following a 10.9% year-on-year uplift in April.

House prices have leapt by 11.1% over the last year in the strongest annual growth seen since June 2007, Nationwide has reported. Credit: PA

But on a monthly basis, prices rose by 0.7% in May, which represents a slowdown compared with the 1.2% monthly increase seen in April.

Property values have now been edging up for 13 months in a row on a month-on-month basis. Across the UK, average house prices now stand at £186,512.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist, said it is "too early" to say whether the housing market is seeing the start of a cooling trend.

Mr Gardner said some signs of a slowdown may partly be due to toughened mortgage lending rules introduced in April, "which may take a few months to bed down".

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