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Last updated: November 5, 2008 5:28 pm

Locking in a loss

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Growing numbers of home owners are being forced to sell their properties at a loss, as the property downturn gathers pace and vendors run out of options.

One in 20 homes sold in August fetched less than it had the last time it was sold, an analysis for the Financial Times shows. The 5 per cent of owners nursing a loss when they sold their home has leapt up from only 1.4 per cent a year earlier.

The map below plots most of the transactions, while the table view allows you to explore the data. Use the sliders to zoom in on areas suffering particularly steep losses, in absolute terms, as a percentage, or at a pound-per-day rate.

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