Thursday , December 13 2018

UK housing woes deepen as asking price tumbles

Bloomberg

UK asking prices fell from a year earlier for the first time since 2011, led by declines in London and among the most expensive properties.
Asking prices slipped 0.2 percent to 302,023 pounds ($387,000), according to Rightmove. Prices were 1.7 percent lower compared with October, the biggest drop for the month since 2012, the property website said on Monday.
The property market in Britain is weakening after a three-decade boom in which price growth vastly outstripped wage gains. The uncertainty around the outlook for the UK’s divorce from the European Union is also making buyers more cautious and prompting sellers to be less ambitious with asking prices.
“Stretched buyer affordability and the cooling markets in the south and in upper price brackets have combined with the ongoing political uncertainty to change pricing optimism into pricing realism,” said Miles Shipside, a director and housing market analyst at Rightmove.
In Greater London, asking prices fell 2.4 percent annually to 614,271 pounds. Homes located within Transport for London’s Zone 1, the center of the city, fell the most with a 6.9 percent retreat on the year to an average of 1.3 million pounds.
The declines aren’t as dramatic further from the center, where average prices are lower.

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