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The property market is going through a clear slowdown, according to figures from the Bank of England.
The number of mortgages approved for house purchase fell in August to 109,000, down from 120,000 a year ago.
The increase in net mortgage lending in August was also down by 11% on the same month last year.
The Bank's analysis makes it clear that mortgage lending has been slowing down since the start of the year, as higher interest rates have taken effect.
The number of new mortgages approved for house buying - a good indicator of future trends in the property market - touched a recent peak of 128,000 in November 2006.
Although the figures are erratic from month to month, the trend since then has been downward, with the monthly average for the past six months now standing at 112,000.
Earlier in September, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said that in August slightly more of its members had seen house prices fall locally than saw them rise.
That was the first time this had happened since October 2005.
Other figures from the Bank also showed a drop in home owners' enthusiasm for cashing in on the increased value of their properties.
Housing equity withdrawal, where owners take out bigger mortgages to spend on things other than their homes, fell from £13.1bn in the first quarter of the year to £10bn in the second quarter.
It was the third quarter in a row that this sort of borrowing has dropped and probably reflects the higher cost of borrowing seen since the middle of 2006.
Since the start of 2000, UK home owners have borrowed £287bn, providing a very significant boost to peoples' incomes.
In the second quarter of this year, housing equity withdrawal increased the after-tax income of all UK households by 4.5%.
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