House prices are still sinking, says government

‘Prices in London, where supply is tight and demand relatively strong, are the polar opposite to those in Wales and Northern Ireland,’ said Nicholas Ayre, director, UK buying agent Home Fusion.

‘The property market, very clearly, has fragmented into a series of micro-markets. It could be many years before we see the return of a property market that trends at a national level,’ he added.

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House prices seesaw: now they’re up overall (depending who you believe)

Nicholas Ayre, director of UK buying agent Home Fusion, said: “There is neither rhyme nor reason to the property market at present. Against a still grim economic backdrop, prices overall, according to this latest data, have risen over the past month and year respectively.

“What the CLG data underline categorically is the stark regional variations in prices. Prices in London, where supply is tight and demand relatively strong, are the polar opposite to those in Wales and Northern Ireland. The property market, very clearly, has fragmented into a series of micro-markets. It could be many years before we see the return of a property market that trends at a national level.”

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Raising the IQ of smart homes

As technology has advanced, so have demands for what it can do. Home Fusion’s Mr. Ayre says people increasingly want systems that enable them to control their property wuth the precision of a a Swiss watch, from curtains down to the underfloor heating.

“People have moved from analog to much more intelligent devices,” Mr. Ayre says.

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