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Peter Rollings, CEO of estate agent Marsh & Parsons commenting on the Halifax house price index

Fri 06 Jan 2012

"Halifax's latest figures indicate that the national housing market is still reeling from the effects of a sluggish wider economy. Lethargic wage growth in comparison to inflation and a deteriorating labour market is weakening purchasing power and holding back buyer demand outside of London. But its not all doom and gloom. More positive noises are coming from the mortgage market, which saw mortgage approvals hit their highest level in 23 months in spite of the unfolding eurozone crisis. If lenders continue this trend, we may see a modest improvement in the coming months in both housing market activity and prices as first-time buyers look to move at pace to buy before the end of the stamp duty holiday in March.

"In London, the direction of the market is much clearer. While City bonuses may face pressure this year, we are already seeing growing demand from European investors looking to buy assets that are more insulated against the eurozone crisis. With cash buyers and those with substantial deposits looking to find a safer bet than the stock market, central London will continue to outpace the wider UK market by a distance."

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