House prices fall for second month

Aaron Morby 14 years ago
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House prices fell by 0.9% in August, the second consecutive monthly fall after a 0.5% drop in July.

The latest data from Nationwide joins a raft of evidence pointing to the country’s housing market stagnating over the summer.

The average house price now stands at just over £166,500.

According to Nationwide, the annual rate of price inflation has slipped to 3.9%, down from 6.6% in July and from 8.7% in June.

The 3-month comparative change in prices – generally seen as a smoother indicator of house price trends – fell from 1.2% in July to 0% in August.

Martin Gahbauer, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said: “Unless prices bounce back in September, the three-month rate of change will turn negative next month.

He added: “Recent market trends remain consistent with an unwinding of the supply-demand imbalance that drove up prices for much of the last year.

“As more sellers have returned to the market, buyers have a greater selection of properties to choose from and more bargaining power with which to bid down asking prices.”

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