The Nationwide Building Society house price index showed a fall in property prices of 2.5 percent in May, making them almost 4.5 percent lower than this time last year.
Despite the falling numbers, when compared with two years ago house prices are still higher now than they were then. This reflects the dramatic price rises the country has experienced and may make existing property owners feel a little better since they can see that the value of their home is still very strong.
A Nationwide Building Society spokeswoman supported this view, feeling that the price reductions were of limited concern to home owners in the short term. As she pointed out it is only those who bought at the very peak of the prices who may feel a little concerned at the moment, though even then property in the medium to long term has always proved to be a good investment.