Commercial Property Finance:-:- House prices dropped marginally in July by 0.2 per cent compared with the previous month, according to the Halifax house price index.

This was the second successive month of a fall with June’s figures 0.4 per cent down on the previous month.

However, for the three months leading up to the end of July there was a year-on-year growth of 4.1 per cent bringing the average UK house price to £236,120.

Halifax managing director, Russell Galley, said: “While economic uncertainty continues to weigh on the market, the overall trend actually remains one of comparative stability, with average prices down by less than £600 over the last three months.”

He said although there was a drop off in the number of properties sold in the early summer new buyer enquiries were up and low interest rates and strong wages would underpin prices.

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Galley added: “In the longer-term, we believe there is unlikely to be a step change in market activity until buyers and sellers see some form of resolution to the current economic uncertainty.”

Government figures showed year-on-year, UK seasonally adjusted residential transactions in June 2019 were approximately 16.5 per cent lower than June 2018.

Mortgage approvals remain steady at just slightly above the 12-month average. Bank of England industry-wide figures show the number of mortgages approved to finance house purchases rose by 793 from May to 66,440 in June.

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Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said property development funding was still strong for new residential schemes in areas where there was a housing shortage.

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ residential market survey  for June showed sales to stock ratio decreased slightly to 30.9 per cent with agreed sales rising to a positive figure for the first time in 11 months.

Economic forecasting group EY ITEM Club predicts house prices rising by around 2 per cent over 2020 if the UK leaves the European Union with a deal by the end of October. However, if the UK leaves without a deal prices are expected to drop by about 5 per cent.

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