U.K. house prices fell for a fifth month in November as demand for property dropped the most in almost two years, Hometrack Ltd. said.
The average cost of a home fell 0.8 percent from October to 155,000 pounds ($242,900), the London-based property researcher said in an e-mailed statement today. Demand for homes, measured by the change in new buyers registering with real-estate agents, fell 4.3 percent, the biggest decline since January 2009.
The report adds to evidence of a weakening property market after Rightmove Plc said on Nov. 15 that home sellers cut asking prices by the most since 2007 this month and U.K. banks approved the smallest number of mortgage since 2009 in October. The government has announced the biggest budget squeeze since World War II and officials have warned the cuts may harm the recovery.
“Concerns over the economic outlook on the back of recent spending cuts, together with widespread expectations that house prices are set for a period of retrenchment, are driving the continued weakness in demand,” Richard Donnell, Hometrack’s director of research, said in the statement. “In the near term we expect demand to remain weak and this will continue to put downward pressure on prices.” (more)