London house prices fall in eight years

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LONDON: House prices in London have fallen for the first time in eight years, the Nationwide says, dropping 0.6% year-on-year in September. Across the UK, annual price growth slowed to 2%, down from 2.1% in August. That is the slowest rate of increase since June 2013, according to the nationwide measure.

Arundells, the former home of Sir Edward Heath in Salisbury

The building society said that London was the weakest performing region in the UK for the first time since 2005. Previously prices have been fallen in the centre of London, but up to now buoyant prices in the suburbs have kept prices rising across the capital as a whole.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said the slowdown in the capital was “particularly marked”. Jeremy Leaf, a London estate agent, said, “It shows the north-south divide in reverse, and confirms what we have been seeing on the ground – that the London market is struggling, mainly for affordability reasons.”