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UK house prices soar £17,000 in a year to hit £217,000

The average house in the UK now costs £217,000. Credit: PA

The average house price in the UK has increased by £17,000 in the last year.

The increase means that the average house price in the UK is now £217,000.

Property values also increased by £1,000 on average in the last month, continuing a "strong" run of growth, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

As of July the average house price in England stood at £233,000, while in Wales it was £145,000, in Scotland it was £144,000 and in Northern Ireland it was £123,000.

As the effects of Brexit on the housing market become clearer in the coming months, Thomas Fisher, an economist at PwC, said: "Our own expectation is that the UK housing market will cool not crash."


Profits up at taxpayer-owned UKAR

Profits have risen at UK Asset Resolution, the company set up by the Treasury to take on the unwanted mortgage book from Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills is following developments.

Lloyds: 'Important we don't disrupt this recovery'

Lloyds group director of mortgages Stephen Noakes has said that while the housing market outside of London was improving the recovery is "fragile" as "prices largely remain below their peak."

He said: "It is important we don't disrupt this recovery. But in London, house prices are almost now 30% above the 2007 peak.

Household wealth is calculated by working out people'd assets such as pensions and houses. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

"This is largely driven by issues of supply which are particularly acute in London and this is having an impact on income multiples which are failing to keep pace with asset growth.

"This prudent update to our lending policies is intended to manage risks to our business and for our customers."

Lloyds to tackle housing inflation with loan-income cap

Britain's biggest mortgage lender has said that from today, people applying to take out a mortgage worth more than £500,000 will see the amount they are allowed to borrow limited to four times their income.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports:

Lloyds Banking Group said it has been designed in a bid to tackle the pressure of housing inflation in the London market.


Mortgage broker: 'Important to prepare a lot earlier'

The Mortgage Market Review (MMR) rules aim to ensure there is no return to any irresponsible lending practices of the past.

But some concerns have been raised that it could slow down the housing market, which has been springing back into life over the last year, as the industry adjusts.

Each lender will have their own interpretation of the new rules, but in general people are likely to be asked for more detail about regular outgoings such as childcare, food, household bills, loans, credit cards, toiletries, hobbies and leisure activities, to see if they can afford a home loan.

It's important for people to prepare a lot earlier, potentially six months before you apply. Start looking through your documentation and go through a budget.

– Andrew Montlake, director at broker Coreco

Lenders will also look for any impact that future life changes could have, such as when they plan to retire and how they plan to spend their old age.

There have also been reports of some people being asked if they are planning to start a family as lenders gear up to comply with the rule changes.

Mortgage lending clampdown comes into force

A clampdown on mortgage lending has come into force which will see lenders delve more deeply into people's personal lives, from their plans for parenthood to how they will spend their old age.

Lenders want to know more about spending habits. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The industry-wide changes affect home buyers and people looking to re-mortgage and they will mean that lenders have to take a much stronger interest in people's spending habits and how their life plans could affect their ability to meet their repayments.

Mortgage applicants will need to sit through longer interviews, provide more paperwork to back up what they are saying and could find themselves taken aback by the probing nature of some of the questions they will be asked.

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