Growth slows: Average UK house prices were up 0.2% in April to £202,436, but the figure was a decrease from the previous month.
UK house price growth has reduced this month as a result of the introduction of new stamp duty taxes, figures from lender Nationwide show.
Despite average prices creeping up 0.2% in April to £202,436, the figure was down from 0.7% the previous month.
The yearly growth rate decreased to 4.9% from 5.7% in March 2016.
The dampening down follows a booming housebuyer market in March. The month boasted 165,400 transactions – an all-time high – and around 11% higher than the previous peak in January 2007.
Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders also suggest that mortgage lending rose to almost £26 billion in March, up 43% from the £18 billion lent in February.
A spokesperson for Nationwide said: “It could be that the surge in house buying activity resulting from the increase in stamp duty on second homes from 1 April, provided a short-term boost to prices in March.”
The new tax means there is now an additional 3% stamp-duty rate on property bought as a buy to let or second home.
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