House prices edge up 0.2% in 'largely static' market


Halifax says house prices rose slightly in August and should end the year at the same level seen 12 months previously



House prices edged ahead by 0.2% during August as activity in the market remained subdued, figures showed today.


The latest increase follows one of 0.7% in July and reverses most of the falls seen during the previous three months, leaving house prices at a similar level to the end of last year, the Halifax said.


The group said activity in the market had been “largely static” since the start of 2010, enabling house price inflation to cool after prices were pushed up last year by a shortage of supply. It added that it expected house prices to end the year at around the same level at which they started it


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