CITY VIEWS: Do you think house prices are beginning to stabilise?

<strong>JONATHAN HIPSON </strong> STATE BANK OF INDIA<br />&ldquo;I think it depends on the availability of finance. At the moment there is a real squeeze. New buyers are really struggling to get a mortgage, which now requires a 40 per cent deposit paid upfront. And with interest rates going back up, any rise in prices is just not sustainable at the moment.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>PEDRO RODRIGUES </strong>CITY MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT<br />In central London, property will always be in short supply which will protect prices and push them back up. There&rsquo;s always a lot of interest in the London market, and now the pound has fallen there is even more interest from overseas investors.<br /><br /><strong>KEVIN GREEN </strong>CONOPIOUS<br />I think house prices are rising slightly &ndash; there&rsquo;s more confidence in the market. The housing markets are all about cycles, and I think we&rsquo;re on the up. There&rsquo;s better mortgage deals too. You have to put down more as a deposit, but the rates are better.<br /><br /><strong>JONATHAN TAYLOR-SABINE </strong>360T TRADING<br />&ldquo;I think they are going sideways &ndash; I put a house on the market in Henley a year ago and at the time it wasn&rsquo;t picked up. But I&rsquo;m thinking of putting it back on the market as prices have risen again. They haven&rsquo;t fallen any more, I think we&rsquo;re over the worst.&rdquo;<br />