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House prices fall

The average home now costs 6.8% less than it did at the beginning of the year, with prices falling in four of the past five months,
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Martin Ellis,
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Halifax added that it continued to expect high employment levels,
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The latest figures are in line with ones reported by Nationwide Building Society last week, which showed house prices fell by a record 2.5% during May, prompting warnings that the market could be heading for a deep and prolonged correction.

The number of new mortgages approved for house purchase also fell by 49% during April compared with a year earlier, according to the Bank of England,
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The housing market is unlikely to receive a boost from the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday, with interest rates widely expected to be kept on hold at 5% due to inflationary pressures.

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