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Confidence in property prices collapses – Pru

Homeowners confidence in the value of their homes has plummeted as the nation speculates about a market crash, according to Prudentials tri-annual Mood of the Nation Index.

Only 30 per cent of homeowners expect the value of their home to increase over the next 12 months, compared to 61 per cent in March.

And the number of homeowners forecasting a fall in the value of their home over the coming year has almost trebled from 6 per cent in March to 17 per cent now. This drop in confidence is consistent across all regions of the country.

Director of research Angus Maciver says: “There is undoubtedly a growing nervousness about the housing market. Some people, wisely I think, are starting to realise that they can reduce risk by having a spread of investments rather than tying all their money up in their house.”

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