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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), and CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he is one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data and charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, and author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' and 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - & author of Things That Make You Go of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, MacroBusiness.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

UK house prices defying Brexit

Average price hits record

The average UK house price increased by 7.2 per cent in 2016, defying concerns of a Brexit-induced correction, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The average price increased by £15,000 to a fresh high £220,000 in the calendar year. 

Not unusually, the results were rather mixed around the countries.

In England, the average price rose by 7.7 per cent to a record high of £236,000, while there were more moderate gains for Wales (4.7 per cent) and Scotland (3.5 per cent) respectively.

Prices in Northern Ireland recovered in 2016 to rise by 5.7 per cent, but at an average of just £125,000 remain way below the July 2007 bubble peak of £225,000. 

South East gains

The average price in London increased to its highest ever level at £484,000, and the capital remains the most expensive region in the United Kingdom, followed by the South East (£316,000) and East (£282,000). 

The cheapest region in England is the North East, with an average price of £129,000. 

Internal migration to the south east of the country and a dwelling shortage assured that the strongest gains in calendar year were seen in the East (11.3 per cent) and South East (8.5 per cent) of England, followed by London (7.5 per cent).

The UK employment figures showed the labour force approaching full employment towards the end of 2016, with total employed hitting a new high of 31.84 million and the employment rate of 74.6 per cent being the highest since comparable records began. 

However, reported wages growth was weaker than expected.

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