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EAT’s scepticism about the almost-daily flurry of UK house price data is well known but the latest, from the Office for National Statistics, is at least an ‘official’ government figure.

It shows UK house prices up 5.4 per cent in the 12 months to November 2013.

That‘s actually a tad down from the 5.5 per cent increase seen from in the year to October, but it shows more geographically widespread increases than before.

England saw 5.6 per cent growth in the 12 months, with 5.4 per cent in Wales, 2.5 per cent in Scotland and 3.3 per cent in Northern Ireland.

This takes the average UK house price to £248,000 in November.

Yes, that is far higher than the figure from most other sources because no two indices have the same measurement criteria. It is this potential confusion to the public which lies behind our scepticism in articles like this (link).

However inconsistent the indices, the residential industry has of course reacted well to positive news. “These figures show that in a third of regions, house prices have surpassed January 2008 levels” says Peter Rollings of Marsh & Parsons estate agency.

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    Thank god for Peter Rollings of Marsh & Parsons to put it nice and plainly for me, my head was about to explode.

    • 16 January 2014 12:33 PM
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    Hmmm... "EAT’s scepticism about the almost-daily flurry of UK house price data is well known..."

    Yes - Rosalind's was - but the NEW, "bright and shiny" EAT's journalistic style is to hyperlink you to an advertorial for some "App" that seemingly clears the muddy waters for you.

    I think not.

    "However inconsistent the indices, the resindential industry has of course reacted well to positive news."

    SECOND TIME in a week I have to play Spelling Policeman to a professional wordsmith. Shocking news.

    • 15 January 2014 10:39 AM
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    Or undestand why the figures from ONS are no more reliable than any other index.

    It has previously been explained why the Emporer's attire isn't possibly suitable for the Winter weather, please don't claim to have taken it in a bit at the waist and ask us what we think of the modifications? The Emporer is still naked!

    Just because the Government says something it does not make it right or correct, Saddam Hussain did not have WMD and we spent Billions slaughtering civilians and service personnel so Blair could get himself a cushy retirement job.

    Don't be fluffy, do your job and investigate why!!!

    • 15 January 2014 09:48 AM
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