UK house prices under pressure
A report by the industry body, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, has today cast a dark shadow on the UK property market the report showing that more members are seeing lower prices compared to those who are seeing an increase. The net balance on the survey was -8 which equates to a fall in UK property prices in the second half of 2010 in the region of 2 to 3%. This would leave house prices in the UK relatively flat for the year compared to 2009.
There is no doubt that negative press coverage over the last few weeks is beginning to impact upon the UK property market with buyers happy to stay on the sidelines and more sellers coming to the fore. If the situation continues in the short to medium term there is no doubt that prices will come under further pressure and what began as a small snowball could soon begin to grow.
Whether or not it is a case of more realistic pricing in the short to medium term or indeed a switch in the trend for improved demand for UK property remains to be seen. However, the UK economic outlook is not one which would support a recovery in the UK property market.
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