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As the weather heats up, London house prices settle in for a chill

As the often busier spring housing market comes to an end, the price of homes in London has continued to drop, according to a highly regarded report from Rightmove, the UK’s largest online real estate company.

The Rightmove house price index shows that new homes on the market this month were priced 0.9 per cent lower than last month.

This represents the largest fall in the price of property coming to market since January, and also means that new sellers in London are marketing their properties at cheaper average prices than a year ago for the 10th month in a row.

At an annual rate, London house prices were one per cent cheaper than a year ago.

The report also showed that there were 16.4 per cent more available property on the market in June compared to this time last year.

Meanwhile, the number of sales agreed to by estate agents in May was five per cent down on May 2017 in London, a slight improvement on the year-to-date figure of 6.5 per cent down.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s director and housing market analyst said: “This month sees the largest fall in the price of property coming to market since January, as new-to-the-market sellers recognise that the traditionally busier spring selling season is drawing to a close.

“The end result is that for the tenth consecutive month new sellers in London are marketing their properties at cheaper average prices than a year ago.

“With the normally more active spring buyer market over and with some potential buyers likely to be distracted by summer holidays and World Cup-itis, the goal posts have just moved.”

Source: City A.M.

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UK house prices rise at slowest pace in nearly five years – Halifax

British house prices rose at their slowest annual pace in nearly five years last month, figures from mortgage lender Halifax showed, the latest sign of weakening in the housing market as Britain approaches its departure from the European Union.

Halifax said on Wednesday that average house prices increased by 1.8 percent in the three months to February compared with the same period of 2017, slowing from 2.2 percent in January and the weakest increase since March 2013.

However, the rise was a bit faster than a forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for growth of 1.6 percent.

In monthly terms, prices rose by 0.4 percent in February from January, the first increase in three months, Halifax said.

Britain’s housing market has been hit by the squeeze on household incomes caused by higher inflation after the Brexit vote in 2016 pushed down the value of the pound. Weak wage growth has added to the strain on many households while the overall economy has slowed.

Before the referendum, the Halifax house price index showed house prices were rising by as much as 10 percent a year.

Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said prices would probably continue to grow slowly because mortgage rates remained low, despite November’s interest rate increase by the Bank of England — its first in more than a decade.

“The low mortgage rate environment, combined with an ongoing shortage of properties for sale, should continue to support house prices over the coming months,” he said.

Last week, rival mortgage lender Nationwide also reported a slowdown in the pace of growth in prices.

By contrast, data from the BoE showed a stronger picture for the housing market with the sharpest increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in nearly three years in January.

Source: Yahoo News UK