House prices in the UK fell for the first time on an annual basis in eight years in June, according to Nationwide, slipping 0.1% year-on-year, having increased 1.8% in May. Month-on-month, prices slipped 1.4% as the coronavirus lockdown hit the property market. Figures show the typical home was worth £216,403 in June. Nationwide’s chief economist, Robert Gardner, commented: “While latest data from HMRC showed a slight pick-up in residential property transactions from April’s low, in May they were still 50% lower than the same month in 2019.” He added that with lockdown measures set to ease further, market activity is likely to edge higher in the near term but remain below pre-pandemic levels.
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