U.K. Asking Prices Hit Record in the Face of Raging Demand
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U.K. Asking Prices Hit Record in the Face of Raging Demand

Double-digit annual increases left the average asking price at £242,832 in May.

By Liz Lucking
Wed, Jun 2, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

Good news for home sellers across the U.K. in May spelled bad news for buyers as property price gains reached double digits, according to a report Tuesday from Nationwide.

Asking prices swelled 10.9% last month compared to May 2020, the highest level recorded since August 2014. The gains pushed up the average asking price in the country to a record £242,832 (A$442,819), which is £23,930 higher than the same time last year, the bank and mortgage provider said.

The U.K.’s property market spent half of last May shuttered following the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. In England—Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland reopened on separate timetables—restrictions on the industry were eased in mid-May, and allowed activity to resume in accordance with government-mandated guidelines.

On a monthly basis, prices rose by 1.8% in May from April, slightly less than the 2.3% jump recorded between March and April, according to Nationwide.

“In the same way as other sectors of the economy, house prices have been driven higher by a supply squeeze as the U.K. comes out of the pandemic,” Tom Bill, head of U.K. residential research at Knight Frank, said in a statement on the report’s findings.

“Add in a stamp duty holiday and the fact pent-up demand has been building for years against the backdrop of Brexit, and the result is a burst of house price inflation,” he continued. “More supply is starting to come online, which will redress the balance. We therefore expect U.K. house price growth will slow down after the summer, declining to 5% by the end of 2021.”


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When people talk about making a seachange, chances are this is the kind of property on the NSW South Coast that they have in mind.

Open for inspection for the first time this Saturday, 24 Point Street Bulli offers rare absolute beachfront, with never-to-be-built-out north facing views of the ocean. Located on the tip of Sandon Point, this two-storey property is a surfer’s dream with one of Australia’s most iconic surf breaks just beyond the back wall.

On the lower floor at street level, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a family bathroom and an ensuite in the master suite. A fourth bedroom is on the upper floor, along with the main living area, and is serviced by its own bathroom. 

While this would make a spectacular holiday home, it is well equipped for day-to-day living, with a spacious gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry set into the articulated open plan living area on the first floor. A separate media room to the street side of the property on this level provides additional living space. 

Every aspect of this property has been considered to take in the light and views, with high ceilings internally and spacious, north facing decks on both levels to take in views of rolling waves. If the pull of the ocean is irresistible, it’s just a 100m walk to feel the sand between your toes.

The house is complemented by a Mediterranean, coastal-style garden, while the garage has room for a workshop and two car spaces.

An easy walk to Bulli village, the property is a 20 minute drive from the major hub of Wollongong and just over an hour to Sydney.


Open: Saturday August 6 2pm-3pm Auction: Saturday September 3 Price guide: N/A but expected to exceed $5.3m paid in March for 1 Alroy Street 

Contact: McGrath Thirroul – Vanessa Denison-Pender, 0488 443 174