The latest Hometrack index reveals that city house price inflation has increased to 5.2%, up from 4% a year ago.

Edinburgh is once again the fastest growing city (8%), with Liverpool, Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester all registering growth above 7% per annum.

Ten cities are growing at a slower rate than this time a year ago, with the greatest slowdowns in Bristol, Southampton and London.

The headline rate of growth across London has slowed to just 1%, down from 4.3% a year ago. This is the lowest annual rate of growth in the capital since August 2011.

 

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UK city house price growth

Cities house price inflation – February

Price changes

 

London house price growth

Fastest growing cities

House price falls

No signs of price weakness in large regional cities

 

 

The latest results confirm our view that house prices in London are set to drift lower in the next 2-3 years. In contrast, house price growth remains robust in the largest regional cities, where similar analysis of these markets reveals no evidence of localised price falls.

City level summary

 

City spotlight – London

 

42% of postcodes in London are registering year on year price falls; the current number of markets registering negative growth in the capital is the highest since the global financial crisis. The remaining 58% of postcodes are still showing positive growth.

Sales volumes are the first to be hit when demand weakens, and housing turnover across London is down 17% since 2014. The time it’s taking to sell properties is increasing across the whole of the city, with the weakest market conditions showing across inner London.