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Editors notes

Advertising property for over 90% of all UK estate agents, Rightmove is in a unique position to identify any immediate changes in the market. Using a larger sample than any other house price reports, Rightmove’s House Price Index is compiled from the asking prices of properties coming onto the market via the c.10,000 estate agency branches listing on Rightmove.co.uk. Rather than being a survey of opinions as with some other indices, it is produced from factual data of actual prices of properties currently on the market. The sample includes up to 200,000 homes each month – representing circa 90% of the market, the largest and most up-to-date monthly sample of any house price indicator in the UK. 95% of properties are sold via an agent, while only 75% are purchased with a mortgage. The index differs from other house price indicators in that it reflects asking prices when properties first come onto the market, rather than those recorded by lenders during the mortgage application process or final sales prices reported to the Land Registry. In essence, Rightmove's index measures prices at the very beginning of the home buying and selling process while other indices measure prices at points later in the process. Having a large sample size and being very up-to-date, the Rightmove Index has established itself as a reliable indicator of current and future trends of the housing market.

About Rightmove

Rightmove.co.uk is the UK’s leading property website, displaying details of homes for sale or rent to the largest online audience. It has around 90% of all properties for sale and at any time displays a stock of over one million properties to buy or rent, worth around £270 billion. All eight corporate estate agents (those with 100 or more branches) list their properties on the site. The Rightmove.co.uk site receives over 30 million visits every month and is consistently ranked number one property website in the UK (source: Hitwise).

For further information on methodology please contact the Press Office on press@rightmove.co.uk or call 0845 456 8439

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