“If the UK’s exit from the EU is done in a positive way, we’re likely to see demand for property in the capital rise as it will remain one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe.”
Outside London, developments such as Crossrail and Thameslink are likely to continue boosting sales in areas such as Reading and Brentwood, while improvements to regions’ infrastructure should have positive impacts in other areas, with HS2 supporting sales in Birmingham, while cities in the north of England, such as Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester should benefit from Northern Powerhouse-related initiatives.
KPMG said its projections assumed that the Bank of England would increase interest rates next year, which will feed through into mortgage rates, affecting the affordability of borrowing and slowing down the rate of house price growth.
Other factors affecting the projections include trends in regional employment and population, which will affect the degree of housing shortages experienced across regions.
Ms Selfin added: “With so much going on in the UK at the moment, some fear that the housing market will be the first to snap if the mood changes around the Brexit process or when interest rates start to rise.
Separate figures from Halifax published today show that UK house prices in the three months to September were 4pc higher than in the same three months a year earlier, while month-on-month prices are up by 0.8pc.
While the quarterly and annual rates of house price growth have improved, they are lower than at the start of the year, the bank said. “UK house prices continue to be supported by an ongoing shortage of properties for sale and solid growth in full-time employment”.
Mark Harris of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “The housing market shows no signs of faltering, despite the ongoing Brexit saga and hints from the Bank of England that interest rates will need to rise sooner rather than later.”