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House prices in 2014 double the prediction

Monday, September 15, 2014

UK house prices will end the year 9.5% higher than they started it, but the strength of increases this year means that in London the market could flatline in 2016, property firm Savills said on Tuesday, as it revised its forecasts for the next five years.

House Price Growth in 2018

The firm had predicted a 6.5% increase in prices across the country in 2014, but said that growth had “exceeded all expectations”. As a result it has revised up its forecast for the current year, and its prediction of total growth by the end of 2018 to 25.7% from 25.2%. Its five-year forecast assumes mortgage rates will have risen to an average of 5% by 2018.

In London, where the major house price indices all showed annual growth of around 20% at the start of the summer, Savills said it expected the rate over the year to hit 15%, far in excess of the 8.5% it had originally forecast.

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