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Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision – in 10 charts

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Buying a home is the most significant financial decision in most people's lives. For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing.So it is little wonder that house prices are an obsession for some, and a source of frustration for others.The financial crisis had huge implications for those wanting to buy or sell property.Here is the story of what has happened to the UK housing market in the past 10 years. 1. House prices are rising... or are they?The price of the average UK home has risen in the past 10 years, as you would expect. Prices of goods and services in general, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation, have increased faster.So, in real terms, the average UK house price has fallen compared with a decade ago.2. Price rises or falls depend on where yo...