Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Houses prices to stay in doldrums for years
Britain's housing market will stay in the doldrums until the middle of the next decade, and there is a 30% chance that prices will take until 2020 to return to their peak before the crash, a consultancy firm predicted today . PricewaterhouseCoopers said recent signs of a recovery in the market which had been detected by a fresh survey of estate agents released this morning were a "false dawn". John Hawksworth, the chief economist at PWC, said prices would experience a gentle decline for the next 18 months and then pick up slowly over the following years.