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Swedish housing market continues to slide

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Swedish housing market continues to slide
12:59 CEST+02:00
Flat prices fell by 6 percent in Sweden and house prices by 2 percent in July compared to the previous month, according to fresh figures from Sweden's real estate statistics website Mäklarstatistik.

Despite this marking the fourth month in a row that flat prices have fallen in Sweden, Claudia Wörman of the Association of Swedish Real Estate Agents (Mäklarsamfundet) says that it's too early to be concerned.

“I'd be more worried if there weren't any buyer interest but I am assured that there is,” said Claudia Wörman, head of analysis at the association to The Local.

While the statistics indicated a downward trend nationwide, in some areas, home prices continue to edge up.

Apartments in central and greater Stockholm, for example, rose by 2 percent in July following two months of declines.

Apartments in central and greater Malmö also rose in July by 3 and 5 percent, respectively, while prices in central Gothenburg rose by 1 percent.

Wörman explained that there has been a definite change in the market, but whether this is a temporary dip or something more long term is too soon to say.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, especially the developments over August and September,” she said.

According to Wörman, there are many reasons behind the falling prices. And the property market is all about psychology, she told The Local.

“Even if we have a relatively stable economy here in Sweden the crises in Greece and in the US will have an effect on us as well, not in the least because it creates a feeling of insecurity,” said Wörman.

Another contributing factor is the 85 percent mortgage ceiling, introduced last year, which has had an affect on the market.

However, Wörman doesn't think that the downward trend will necessarily continue to dominate the market.

“Unless we have a massive rise in unemployment I find it hard to believe we are going to see a significant slump. This is the nature of the housing market – it fluctuates. We are pretty well off here in Sweden, ” she told The Local.

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