Mortgage rates in the UK have risen sharply, and are rising more rapidly than they have in a decade.
The rise is due to rising repayments, according to data from Nationwide, the mortgage company.
Nationwide says the average rate on a £250,000 mortgage is now up 7.4 per cent, to £290.55.
The average rate for a £500,000 loan is up 4.4%, to £425.90.
The figures are based on the latest data available from Nationwide.
But the average cost of a home is going up faster than the rate of inflation.
In 2016-17, the average mortgage rate for homes in England and Wales was 3.2 per cent.
This year, it is rising by 0.3 per cent to 4.2.
Nationwide has predicted the average annual rate of increase will continue to rise.
House prices are up about £4,500, Nationwide says, compared with the £4.2bn in 2015-16.
The UK house price index has risen by 7.3pc over the last year.
For comparison, in 2007-08, the annual growth in house prices was just 1.7pc, Nationwide said.
“We are seeing the first signs of a housing bubble,” Nationwide chief economist, David Lapp said.
“We believe that the UK is entering an era of house price growth driven by the huge supply of new homes.
More than 50,000 new homes have been built since 2010, Nationwide estimates, and more than 2.5m homes have gone on the market since 2010.
Demand is also up in the last two years, as builders have been building more, Lapp added.
He expects house prices to continue to increase.
However, Nationwide warned that house prices are not necessarily the most important factor driving the housing market.
We are still building homes for the first time in 20 years.
But the increase in the number of properties we’re building is not the most compelling factor,” he said.
The housing market is still largely driven by demand, Laff said.
The amount of demand is driven by two factors.
First, people want to live where they can, and they want to be able to afford to live there.
They want to pay the price.
Second, they want homes to have enough space to house their children.
Laff said that the supply of homes is also largely driven, in part, by demand from people buying properties for their own purposes.
It is this latter demand that is pushing prices higher, he said, although the effect of this supply growth has slowed over the past year.
“As a result, the housing sector is facing the challenge of keeping up with demand for new homes and keeping up affordability for existing homes, which means prices will continue their upward climb,” Laff added.
“It’s the supply growth that is the key driver of house prices.”
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Nationwide’s data shows that in the past 12 months, the number on its mortgage lending network has jumped from 744,000 to 991,000.
Nationwide said this surge in the numbers on the network was partly due to a spike in the rate on the first loan it granted.
At the same time, Nationwide has seen a surge of other types of mortgages, such as mortgages for new construction.
Nationwide’s mortgage lending is now the most popular type of mortgage loan in the country, accounting for about 60 per cent of the UK mortgage lending market.
Nationwide is also in the process of issuing new loans for the new construction market.
It is hoped that the rising demand will result in a sustained increase in house building.
Although Nationwide said it expected house prices in the next year to fall by 1 per cent and prices in 2021 to fall 2 per cent compared to the current year, that would still be the fastest annual increase in UK house prices.