On this week’s Property News Radio we’re joined by Andy Ridley and are looking at a clash of opinion between Nationwide and Halifax, estate agents calling online websites parasites, two interesting feature pieces from the Guardian, and finally congratulations is in order for Harrogate!

This week’s news

House prices at ‘all-time high’ amid signs of slowdown, says Nationwide

House prices jump 3.9% in May, adding £7,000 to average

Nationwide and Halifax have released their house price indexes for May and there is some conflicting information between the lenders. Nationwide say prices are above the 2007 peak, while Halifax say they are below. What does this tell us? In isolation not much as it is the month on month trends that matter. The current trend does suggest that prices are continuing to rise.

Estate agent chief condemns online ‘parasites’

The Agents Mutual are fighting back at online estate agents and setting up a rival portal to Rightmove and Zoopla. Will it work? Doubtful, but only time will tell.

The way to escape the property bubble is to make the north powerful again

Liverpool reopens for business as the global dealmakers fly in

These are two interesting articles from the Guardian centred round making the north more powerful economically. Well worth a read when you have chance.

Quirky News

Congratulations Harrogate!

For the second year in a row Harrogate has been crowned the happiest place to live in Great Britain. Neighbourliness, safety, and a sense of community make it an attractive place to live. And the worst? East London.

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