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House price inflation cooling off

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More evidence that house price inflation is cooling off has come from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Prices across the UK rose by 0.5% in August, taking the average price across the country to 219,528.

However, the annual inflation rate for property fell from 12.4% to 11.4%.

The report confirms the evidence of other surveys, from lenders and surveyors, which have shown a recent downturn in the property market.

The drop in inflation shows clearly that the market is responding to the five increases in interest rates that the Bank of England has imposed since the summer of 2006.

Prices are even cooling off in London, which has been the main engine room of house price inflation in the UK.

"Annual house price inflation in London was 17.4% in August, down from 19.1% in July," said the DCLG.

With fewer home-buyers taking out new mortgages, it seems likely that house prices will ease during the rest of the year as the number of sales declines.

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