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House prices fell by 0.5% in February

House prices dropped by 0.5% in February, following a 0.6% increase in January, according to the latest Halifax house price index.

House prices in the three months to February were 1.1% lower than in the previous three months.

Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, says: “Overall, prices nationally are at broadly the same level as last spring. This stability in prices is explained by the fact that market conditions have changed very little over this period with demand supported by low interest rates and supply remaining tight.

“Falling inflation should relieve some of the pressure on household finances over the coming months.  Many of the economic statistics released in recent weeks have also been encouraging, suggesting that the UK may avoid slipping back into recession. 

“These developments are positive for the housing market outlook.  Significant uncertainties, however, persist and the prospects for house prices during 2012 will, to a large extent, depend on events in the Eurozone and the potential knock-on effects on the UK.”

 

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