Annual house price growth has slowed in the three months to April, according to the latest Halifax house price index.
Prices in the three months to April were 2.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier, down from the 2.7% annual growth recorded in March.
House prices in the latest quarter were also 0.1% lower than in the preceding three months, the third consecutive decline on this measure.
On a monthly basis, prices fell by 3.1% in April, following a 1.6% rise in March, reflecting the volatility in the short term monthly measure.
Russell Galley, managing director, Halifax, said: “We’ve seen annual house price growth ease from 2.7% in March to 2.2% in April. House prices in the three months to April were 0.1% lower than the previous three months. Both the quarterly and annual rates have fallen since reaching a recent peak last autumn, with these measures providing a more stable indication of the underlying trend than the monthly change.
“Housing demand has softened in the early months of 2018, with both mortgage approvals and completed home sales edging down. Housing supply – as measured by the stock of homes for sale and new instructions – is also still very low. However, the UK labour market is performing strongly with unemployment continuing to fall and wage growth finally picking up. These factors should help to ease pressure on household finances and as a result we expect annual price growth will remain in our forecast range of 0-3% this year.”