Interest from potential buyers in UK residential property dropped off slightly during June 2012, with 10% more surveyors reporting a fall in new enquiries, according to the latest RICS survey.
This was also compounded by an insignificant proportion of new build residential homes hitting the market as new instructions dropped for a second successive month.
Overall activity in the UK residential property market has struggled to see any noticeable improvement since the end of the stamp duty holiday in March.
According to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) report, residential property supply and demand failed to turn a corner in June with newly agreed sales slowing for three consecutive months.
12% more chartered surveyors who responded to the survey across the UK reported falls rather than rises in newly agreed sales, while the average number of completed sales per surveyor over the previous three months fell fractionally to 15.5.
Residential property prices across the UK continued to fall last month, with 22% more surveyors reporting price falls rather than raises, the weakest reading since October 2011.
Regionally, London was once again the only part of the UK to report rising prices, although the pace of increase has slowed significantly since the start of the year.
Expectations for future residential property prices showed little change as a net balance of 19% more surveyors expect prices to continue to fall. However, there is optimism surrounding property transaction levels, with 11% of respondents predicting property sales to increase rather than decline.
Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist said: “The housing market didn’t manage to turn a corner last month and activity remained in the doldrums. Fewer vendors looked to test the market and levels of buyer interest seem to have fallen back since the expiry of the stamp duty deadline earlier in the year. Although there is some positivity that the amount of sales going through is going to see an increase, it is unlikely that we will see any real movement until purchasing a property is more affordable and accessible for the likes of first time buyers.”
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