THE average price tag on a property coming to market this month rose at the fastest rate in the country in Yorkshire, amid signs that in other areas it is becoming more of a "buyers' market".

Property website Rightmove said while asking prices were up month-on-month by 0.7 per cent in the North-East and 1.7 per cent in Yorkshire, London and the South-East saw drops of 2.4 per cent and 0.9 per cent.

Average asking prices nationally dipped by £1,172 month-on-month due to the effect of the large housing markets in London and the South East.

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It was the first fall seen in the month of June since 2009 - at the height of the credit crunch - Rightmove said. It is also the first monthly decline in asking prices it has seen this year so far.

Rightmove said that Northern house price markets appear to be "motoring ahead", with agreed sales across these regions up by 11 per cent year-on-year, compared with a three per cent upswing in the South.

Those aspiring to get on the property ladder may welcome the general asking price dip. However, price tags on typical first-time buyer properties with two bedrooms or less bucked the general trend, jumping by 3.5 per cent month-on-month in June to reach £199,943 on average.

A Rightmove spokesman said: "Markets traditionally slow in the second half of the year, and with a slowing in the pace of asking price rises and the forthcoming months of political and economic confusion, the usual slower market in the second half of the year seems to be one of the few certainties in 2017."