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House consumers are laying aside buying a brand new dwelling till the Bank of England cuts rates of interest, proof suggests.

UK housebuilder Crest Nicholson was compelled to difficulty a revenue warning after it stated gross sales momentum had softened since Easter on account of risky mortgage charges in addition to consumers now anticipating borrowing prices to drop later this yr.

Meanwhile, a survey of chartered surveyors discovered that demand for houses had weakened in May.

Financial markets are forecasting that the Bank of England might lower rates of interest in August or September.

Crest Nicholson reported a pre-tax lack of £30.9m for the six months to the tip of April, together with the affect of outstanding prices, in comparison with a £28.4m revenue over the identical interval final yr.

The housebuilder stated that whereas “the spring selling season started well”, it added: “Momentum has softened slightly since Easter, reflecting the volatility in mortgage rates and the expectation of a base rate reduction coming later in the year than previously expected.”

It added: “The imminent general election is creating some short-term uncertainty, but this is anticipated to be alleviated in July once the outcome is known.”

The agency now expects adjusted full-year earnings of between £22m to £29m. Analysts had anticipated the corporate to announce earnings of round £38m.

Crest Nicholson’s share value tumbled by almost 12% to 212.4p.

A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) discovered that demand had weakened in May.

Tarrant Parsons, senior economist at RICS, stated a current restoration within the housing market “appears to have slipped into reverse of late” which he blamed on increased mortgage charges prior to now couple of months.

However he predicted that this was “delaying, rather than derailing, a modest improvement going forward”.

“Indeed, respondents continue to envisage a more positive trend in sales activity coming through over the year ahead, although this is likely predicated on the Bank of England being able to start lowering interest rates in the coming months.”

Those surveyed by RICS stated that demand was weakest in each south east and south west England.

In distinction, costs had been nonetheless strong in Scotland and Northern Ireland.