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Demand from potential new buyers registering with agents has fallen for three months in a row

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House prices are falling and more drops are expected in the coming months, according to surveyors.

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Average house prices in the South rocket

The average price of a house is now higher than ever before according to a new survey.

The building society Nationwide says the average cost of a home in the UK is now more than £186,000 which is 11% higher than this time last year.

In the South, the average price is more than £217,000 pounds.

We spoke to Robert Gardner, Chief Economist from Nationwide.

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House prices rise for 13 months in a row

Nationwide report showing property prices have risen by 11.1% over the last year also marks the second month in a row where annual growth in property values has hit double digits, following a 10.9% year-on-year uplift in April.

House prices have leapt by 11.1% over the last year in the strongest annual growth seen since June 2007, Nationwide has reported.
House prices have leapt by 11.1% over the last year in the strongest annual growth seen since June 2007, Nationwide has reported. Credit: PA

But on a monthly basis, prices rose by 0.7% in May, which represents a slowdown compared with the 1.2% monthly increase seen in April.

Property values have now been edging up for 13 months in a row on a month-on-month basis. Across the UK, average house prices now stand at £186,512.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist, said it is "too early" to say whether the housing market is seeing the start of a cooling trend.

Mr Gardner said some signs of a slowdown may partly be due to toughened mortgage lending rules introduced in April, "which may take a few months to bed down".

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Seaside homes get property price boost

On average, property prices in seaside towns have grown by 42% in the last 10 years to reach £196,826, according to Halifax.

But the typical price tag on a seaside home is still over £42,000 cheaper than the average house price across Britain, at £239,518.

Craig McKinlay, mortgage director at Halifax, said: "Seaside towns provide a unique lifestyle opportunity and remain popular places for people to live, while also attracting those looking for second homes or holiday properties which can place additional upward pressure on house prices.

Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns according to Halifax, with the average house price:

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  • 1. Salcombe, South West, £615,344.
  • 2. Sandbanks, South West, £574,089.
  • 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia, £446,576
  • 4. Padstow, South West, £381,812.
  • 5. Dartmouth, South West, £373,173.
  • 6. Wadebridge, South West, £371,670.
  • 7. Lymington, South East, £359,802.
  • 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West, £356,172.
  • 9. Mawes, South West, £329,998.
  • 10. Lyme Regis, South West, £326,813

As house prices rise in London, they do in the South too

House prices in the South have hit an all time high Credit: PA

House prices in the South have hit an all time high due to prices in London increasing too.

A national rise of 2.6% this month pushes the average national price of property coming to market to £262,594.

This is the highest since October 2007.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst said, "Records are tumbling, with a new national asking price record being set for the second consecutive month.

"London's asking prices are at their highest ever level, and the strong ripple effect from the capital has also caused a new wave of record prices for property coming to market in the South East, South West and East Anglia."

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Thames Valley's house price boom: Friend or foe?

The Thames Valley is experiencing a house price boom, with prices rising at their fastest level for 14 years. That's great news if you own your home, not so good if you're looking to buy.

In Reading the average house now costs £200,000. In Bracknell it is £220,000.

While in West Berkshire and Newbury the average is £244,000.

So what does that mean to buyers? Mel Bloor has been out in Reading to find out.

House prices up 6% in Halifax survey

House prices are rising again in the ITV Meridian region according to the Halifax Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 6.2% annual rise in prices in September takes average house values to £170,733 and represents the biggest year-on-year increase since 2010, the lender said.

The latest increase follows a 5.4% annual rise in August, which like September's increase was the strongest rate since June 2010.

On a month-on-month basis, prices rose by 0.3%, equalling the increase in August and marking the eighth month of rises in a row.

Fears have been growing that some stronger than expected price rises this year could be leading to a bubble, with borrowers over-stretching themselves.

The Government has brought forward the launch of the new phase of its flagship Help to Buy scheme from January to next week, and concerns have been raised about the further upward pressure this will place on house prices as demand is stoked further.

The new scheme will stimulate the whole housing market by offering state-backed mortgages to people with deposits as low as 5% who want to buy a new-build or an existing home.

Report follows 5.4% house price rise this summer

Buyers and sellers are scrutinising the property market Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

House prices are 5.4% higher than last summer, figures from the Halifax showed last week. The lender said prices rose 0.4% in August from July, the seventh consecutive monthly increase, resulting in an average figure of £170,231.

New Bank of England governor Mark Carney recently addressed concerns that Government stimulus measures risk stoking another property bubble.

Estate agents are encouraging sellers to come to the market Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He said the Bank is "acutely aware" of the potential threats and said action will be taken to clamp down on mortgage lending if needed. RICS said the increase in supply was not enough to keep pace with the "sheer weight of demand".

All regions of Britain saw greater numbers of homes come onto the market, with sharp rises in the south west and north east in particular. Surveyors expect prices to continue rising, with a balance of 45% predictingprice rises rather than falls over the next three months.

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