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Are house prices recovering or not?

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QuintessentialShadows Mon 14-Jul-08 15:22:01

Curious as to what the housemarket is like in London now.

I have checked my postcode on Findaproperty and can see that many of the houses that was for sale a few months ago, are still there.
SO, what is happening now?

nkf Mon 14-Jul-08 15:24:05

A standoff I think. No buyers. Sellers refusing to drop prices.

noddyholder Mon 14-Jul-08 16:38:38

recovering?We are on the vergoe of the worst price correction in history according to the IMF and city analysts.Asking prices remain static but nothing is selling

cornsilk Mon 14-Jul-08 16:40:08

what's a price correction?

hanaflowerisnothana Mon 14-Jul-08 16:40:09

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StarlightMcKenzie Mon 14-Jul-08 16:41:08

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noddyholder Mon 14-Jul-08 16:45:54

I think it is when prices revert to traditional 3-4 x salary plus inflation.

RuthT Mon 14-Jul-08 16:58:05

There are no buyers but I think a lot of sellers are dropping prices. Seems wierd that where there are buyers they are not really negotitating

TheBlonde Mon 14-Jul-08 17:05:14

prices falling here in SW
20% off some stuff

CarGirl Mon 14-Jul-08 17:06:38

Asking prices have definately dropped around here, notably many are now on the market at £250k

reethi96 Mon 14-Jul-08 17:08:00

No! A house in our street was on for £475k at the beginning of year and is now £290k.

meemar Mon 14-Jul-08 17:08:48

I can't even imagine a house where I live costing 3-4 times our income(Devon).

We are currently so priced out of the market that it feels like an unachievable dream. House prices would have to drop by about 50% for us to be able to buy the kind of house we are currently renting (a 3 bed new-build).

I wonder sometimes if things can ever go back to normal.

Spaghettiarms Mon 14-Jul-08 17:09:18

still dropping in my area.
studio flats that were on sale for 125 now reduced to 90 still noone buying.

CarGirl Mon 14-Jul-08 17:20:02

I know the lenders have really really tightened up on how much they are prepared to lend people etc so even though people perhaps now want to buy they can still not borrow enough to buy IYSWIM

fiodyl Mon 14-Jul-08 23:08:02

Round here I have seen a few big drops and lots of smaller ones so far, but still seem to be same houses that have been up for months. Lots more houses advertised with price ranges and OIRO too.

Although asking prices for 4+ bedrooms don't seem to be reducing much so increasingly bigger gap from 3bed semi to 4bed detached than from 2bed terr-3bed semi IYKWIM still they don't look like they are selling either.

I've also noticed quite a few houses in 'new' section of agents windows that actually turn out to have been on the market a while but with a different agents. Not sure why but people seem to be switching agents in an attempt to sell quicker/avoid reducing maybe?

LynetteScavo Mon 14-Jul-08 23:16:24

The worst price correction, or the best price correction, noddy? grin

noddyholder Tue 15-Jul-08 09:27:45

Todays RICS report shows the slowest transactions in 30 years inflation is nearly 4% too.It will now be down to the banks as they will not lend until prices fall back to 'safe'levels so even those sellers hanging on for the unrealistic asking price will have to either drop or stay put.Forced sales this autumn will trigger the full scale crash it seems.

nkf Tue 15-Jul-08 09:29:00

Why do you think there will be forced sales this autumn?

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 09:31:19

i know they say this is different but at the start of the nineties...1991 i bought and sold and there were virtually no houses on the market

i dont see that happening yet

we also got a fixed mortgage at 12.5% shock and thought that was a goo d deal

nkf Tue 15-Jul-08 09:33:04

People who are trying to sell just can't believe yet that they will have to drop their price. Or they think they will and knock off £10,000.

Lemontart Tue 15-Jul-08 09:38:28

Rural SW
Totally agree about the "new houses" often being ones taken off and put on again after a few weeks or just a switch of agents. Daft move but understand the frustration if you are desperate to move, no viewing at all and already priced as low as you dare in order to find anything to move into.
We are keen to move, see plenty we can afford if our house sells at a "fair/slightly below fair" price BUT as we are wanting to move up the ladder, DH is keen to wait a bit longer to see what happens. Aaaaargh - I am not good at waiting grin

hanaflowerisnothana Tue 15-Jul-08 09:41:43

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nkf Tue 15-Jul-08 09:42:30

I know. I just wondered why this autumn in particular.

Mercy Tue 15-Jul-08 09:44:45

North London.

I know one family who moved 2 weeks ago and another who are moving in a few days. It's beginning to go pear-shaped.

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 09:47:49

my exh lent me 30k at the start of the year to finish work on the house and sell and pay him back

i havent done the work and the chances of selling and paying him back are zilch imov

i am hoping he is still feeling generous

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