How long can the housing market avoid a crash?

 

 

A potentially lethal combination of stagnant living standards and declining mortgage approvals is threatening to send the housing market into a precipitous slump.

 

In separate warnings yesterday, it emerged that British consumers face a four-year wait for an improvement in their living standards, while a “double dip” recession in the housing market is now “more likely than not”, according to City economists.

Bank of England data released yesterday suggests that the revival in property sales seen during the second half of last year has gone firmly into reverse, with every indication that prices will fall by next year, as lending remains so sluggish.

 

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