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Can a new app help with house prices?

Alex Johnson

102999ffb837ff1c1ab14ebfb5c09469e4085bd7 300x200 Can a new app help with house prices?House Price Analytics is a new interactive app that is bringing together the many and varied UK house price indices in one place. It has launched in controversial fashion, arguing that only 41% of properties listed on a portal appear in Land Registry figures and that initial asking prices reduce by an average of about 29% before selling (some portals only use new listing prices).

Richard Rawlings from House Price Analytics, said: “The use of data analytics to reveal misinterpretations in the reporting of house prices will prove to be an invaluable tool in the great UK property price debate. We are proud to launch a tool that helps the consumer obtain a more intelligent view of the property market.”

Live in a converted coach house
The four bedroom 150-year-old converted coach house (pictured) in Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster, is on the marked for £395,000 with Fine & Country.

London rental prices by tube line
A nifty interactive map from Find Properly shows London rental prices by tube line, either by specific line or by properties near individual stations (most are included, others are due to be included soon). Average prices are calculated daily

How sandwiches support Shelter
Last year, more than 12,600 people called the housing charity’s helpline in December, a 15% increase from the year before and the housing charity is bracing itself for this number to rise again this year.

The Shelter helpline is open every day and staffed by a dedicated team of 50 expert advisors partly funded by the charity’s partnership with Marks & Spencer – its customers have helped raise over £2million for the helpline over the past eight years by buying millions of its Christmas sandwiches and the charity is urging shoppers to buy their lunch from the M&S in the runup to Christmas to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered.

Are you insured for moving house?
Gocompare.com is advising home buyers who are thinking of moving themselves to check their home insurance since most policies will only cover your possessions during a removal if they are packed and transported by professionals.

The price comparison website compared over 300 home contents insurance policies and found that while 80% provide cover for belongings during house removals as standard, and 10% offer it as an optional extra, this typically only applies if they are undertaken by a professional furniture remover. In addition, breakables such as glassware and china are generally only insured if they have been professionally packed.

Its report also underlines that valuables including money, jewellery, watches, deeds and other documents are usually excluded from cover for home moves and that cover for contents held in storage during a house move is restricted.

Mark Greening, head of home insurance at Gocompare.com, said: “Buying a new home is a costly business. Home removal is an area people look to make savings by either opting for a complete DIY move, or arranging transportation through a professional firm but undertaking the packing themselves. But it’s not uncommon for heavy pieces of furniture or fragile items to be damaged during a move, so DIY options could turn out costly if your belongings aren’t insured.”

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