Brexit: Countrywide shares falls to lowest since 2013 as housing market weakens

Home prices in the UK capital fell for a fifth month in August, the worst streak since 2009, amid concern that the referendum result will hurt the economy. 

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Countrywide, the UK’s largest real estate broker, fell to the lowest since the company’s initial public offering in 2013 as the Brexit vote and an increase in sales tax dampened demand for homes.

Earnings before interest, depreciation, taxes and amortisation this year will be at the lower end of market expectations, the broker said in a statement on Thursday.

The shares fell as much as 14 per cent to 165.9p in London trading, the lowest since March 2013.

Property prices in the UK capital fell for a fifth month in August, the worst streak since 2009, amid concern that the referendum result will hurt the economy.

Demand from landlords has fallen after the stamp duty tax for investors was increased by 3 percentage points this year.

Real estate agents also fell on Wednesday after the Government said it will ban brokers from charging fees to tenants.

“We now expect transaction volumes for 2016 to be 6 per cent down on 2015 and while too early to say definitively, it is likely that the level of market transactions in 2017 will be lower,” the London-based firm said.

The pipeline of sales in London at the end of the third quarter was 26 per cent lower than a year earlier, Countrywide said. Landlord demand has fallen 60 per cent in the UK capital year-on-year, according to data compiled by broker Haart.

Sales volumes have also fallen because of a “continued gulf between buyers and sellers' pricing expectations following the stamp duty changes of December 2014 and April 2016,” Jefferies Group  analysts Anthony Codling and Sam Cullen wrote in a note to clients. “We expect Ebitda to fall 25 per cent in 2016” at Countrywide.

Bloomberg

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