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Rightmove have revealed property asking prices across the UK have increased by just 0.1% compared to the previous month.
Regions across England and Wales saw asking prices fall month-on-month, with London seeing a 0.5% monthly decrease in asking prices. This suggests house prices may have reached a peak.
This trend follows a dip in June and over the summer months but the fall was below the 0.6% average.
Prices in London are still up 14.5% in comparison with June 2013. The North West region saw the largest month-on-month fall in asking prices, while in Wales prices rose by 0.6% taking the average house price up to £178,776.
The monthly fall in asking prices for the London area were blamed on a combination of growing buyer caution and an increase in new properties for sale. Director of Rightmove, Miles Shipside said while there has been an increase in property supply, estate agents stock levels are ‘well below’ last year. He went on to say a shortage of properties in popular locations is still putting pressure on prices and asking prices were at a “virtual standstill.”
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