HOME owners are struggling to get the same price they paid six months ago because of Brexit uncertainty, according to one estate agent in Swindon.

The continued deadlock in parliament over Brexit has been called "shambolic" by Mark Noble, managing director of Castles Residential Sales and lettings, on commercial road, who is saying homes are sat on the market while the uncertainty continues, and shows no sign of being resolved.

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He told the Adver: "The housing market has certainly been affected by the current Brexit uncertainty, at Castles, we are currently ahead on the number of new properties coming to the market for the same 3-month period a year ago, but buyers are now no longer willing to pay the same prices as they were six months ago.

"The shambolic way that Brexit is being handled has in my opinion has heightened apathy and the appetite of homebuyers and it is my hope is that a quick decision will be made on the way Brexit is going to proceed to allow buyers and sellers to stop worrying about what the future holds and this in turn will then raise the confidence in buyers to once again positively enter in to the property market.

"For local vendors seriously looking to sell in the next few months our simple advice is to choose the right agent to market your property at a realistic price, otherwise, you may find yourself sat on the market."

According to the latest survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors enquiries and agreed sales declined in December across the South West, with 26 per cent of lettings and sales agents reporting prices falling rather than rising in December.

Across the UK prices have also been falling for the past few months.

The institute says they fell deeper into negative territory during December, marking the fourth consecutive negative reading and the weakest measure of prices since August 2012.

Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, added: “It is hardly a surprise with ongoing uncertainty about the path to Brexit dominating the news agenda, that even allowing for the normal patterns around the Christmas holidays, buyer interest in purchasing property in December was subdued."