Property Prices Bounce 10%

House prices in Britain have grown by 10.9% in a year. Is this rally sustainable and how can investors get exposure to both residential and commercial property?

Emma Wall 2 May, 2014 | 3:41PM
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House prices have jumped 10.9% in the last year, the first double digit annual growth figure since April 2010. The average residential property in the UK is now worth £183,577, and in London the number of properties worth more than £500,000 has increased from 13% of sales in 2007 to around 25% in 2013, according to the Nationwide House Price Index.

The housing market is certainly buoyant – boosted by Government measures such as Help to Buy, and record low interest rates, prices in London are  currently 20% higher than their pre-crisis levels.

Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner said After several months of moderation, the pace of house price growth picked up in April, with prices rising by 1.2% during the month.”

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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