The record climb in house prices over the past year is not expected to lapse, according to Halifax. New figures published by the lender on Tuesday showed the average cost of a home hit a record £262,954 in August - a rise of 0.7% from July and 7.1% over the last 12 months.
The rise in prices has continued even as the stamp duty holiday tapered at the end of June. According to Halifax's Russell Galley, the 'structural factors' that have driven the record prices - such as a shortage of available properties and continued demand for extra space - look set to persist. As a result, he said, price gains made since the start of the pandemic 'are unlikely to be reversed'.