June fall in house prices

June fall in house prices

fall in uk property prices

The price of a typical UK house fell by 0.6% in June, according to Nationwide’s House Price Index.

This takes the annual pace of house price growth down to -1.5%, the lowest reading since August 2009.

It means prices are 1.5% lower than one year ago and that the price of a typical home is now £165,738.

Nine out of 13 UK regions saw annual price falls in the second quarter, while Northern Ireland continues to see largest price falls.

“The slightly weaker trend we’ve observed since March is unsurprising, given the difficult economic backdrop, with the UK economy dipping back into recession at the start of the year and few signs of a near- term rebound,” said Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist.

“Part of the weakness in house prices may also relate to the ending of the stamp duty holiday in March, which provided a temporary boost in early 2012, as buyers brought forward purchases that would otherwise have taken place later in the year.

“The outlook for house prices remains highly uncertain. Economic conditions are expected to remain challenging over the next 12 months. However, policymakers’ efforts to bolster the supply of credit to the economy and to help lower the cost should provide support to demand.

“Moreover, the supply side of the market is still constrained, with construction failing to keep pace with the number of new households being formed.

“Overall, this suggests a continuation of the pattern experienced over the past two years, with prices remaining fairly stable over the next 12 months.”