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Ft Index Finds House Price Inflation Fall

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House price inflation fell to its lowest level for more than nine years in September, according to the Financial Times house price index, the most reliable guide to the prices paid in the property market.

But there will be continued concern that as house price inflation on all the main indicators heads towards zero, the current stability in the market will not last. Nervousness is likely to increase as property investors realise they can no longer rely on the prospect of capital gains to offset the reality of low rental yields.


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"Since June, the FT house price figures have included an adjustment for the types of property sold as well as a seasonal adjustment. Recently, a greater than usual proportion of properties in cheap areas has been selling, so a simple average of price changes would understate house price inflation. Without the adjustment, the index shows average prices had only risen by 1.9 per cent in the 12 months to September. "

What a joke! They're fiddling the figures to hide the fact that buyers are looking for cheaper properties.

By removing these lower valued sales from the index, they have nearly doubled the rate of house price inflation.

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