Mortgage lenders alone cannot hold back double dip in UK housing market | Business | The Guardian: "Rarely has a forecast come true so quickly. On Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund warned that there was a risk of a double dip in Britain's housing market. Within 24 hours, the Halifax reported that the cost of a home had dropped by 3.6% last month, the biggest one-month fall on record.
The scale of the drop took most – if not all – City analysts by surprise. Although recent months have seen a marked slowing in housing market activity, prices have edged only slightly lower. Today's snapshot of prices from the Halifax was out of line with most other recent surveys.
Make sure to read the full article by clicking on the title link above.But, as the IMF noted in its World Economic Outlook, house prices in Britain still look expensive. Despite the stamp duty exemption for ho"