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Halifax House Price Index September 2023

  • UK house prices fell 4.7% YoY in September, according to mortgage lender Halifax. 
  • House prices in the south of England are under the most pressure. 
  • Average UK property now costs £278,601, similar to the level seen in early 2022.

Annual rate of growth falls to -4.7%

Source: Halifax, IHS Markit

Key trends

  • Average UK house prices dropped in September, falling 0.4% MoM, the sixth consecutive monthly fall. However, the pace of decline was significantly slower than August (-1.8%). 
  • The annual rate of house price growth was -4.7%, but prices remain £39,400 than the level seen in March 2020. Prices fell on an annual basis in all regions of the UK. 
  • The South East is facing the most downward pressure, with house prices having fallen by 5.7% on an annual basis to an average of £376,450. 
  •  On the other hand, prices in Northern Ireland and Scotland fell by just 0.2% YoY and 0.8% YoY respectively.


  • The latest house price growth figures point to subdued market activity in September. 
  • The primary reason for this is rising borrowing costs arising from consecutive interest rate increases.
  •  However, September also saw the Bank of England decided to hold the Base Rate at 5.25% after fourteen consecutive increases, suggesting uncertainty regarding future rises may ease. 
  • Strong wage growth has also continued to put upward pressure on buyer confidence, with the house price to income ratio at its lowest level since June 2020. 
  • Looking ahead, interest rates are likely to remain high as the Bank of England attempts to bring inflation back down to the 2% target. 
  •  Even if rates do not rise further, they remain exceptionally high and will continue to put downward pressure on buyer confidence and house prices in the months to come.

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