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The housing market in the remains strong in the area, according to new figures from the Land Registry.
It said that the monthly increase for June compared with May was 0.6% in the South East, while the annual increase on 2013 was 7.8%.
That placed the average price of a property at £228,109.
In comparison, some seven out of 10 regions in England and Wales recorded month on month falls in house prices although most did record annual increases.
Nationally, property prices were 6.4% higher compared with a year ago, leaving the average home priced at £172,011.

Good news - figures out today show that the longest economic depression in British history is officially over.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released new statistics showing that the economy grew by 0.8% in the second quarter of this year.
With this increase in gross domestic product (GDP), the economy has finally surpassed the size it was at the beginning of the recession in 2008.
It is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak, which was in the first quarter of 2008.

The property market has continued to recover from the financial crisis, according to new figures out today.
HM Revenue and Customs said that national property sales in June reached their joint highest monthly total since before the economic slump began.
It found that there were 109,580 sales in June, the same as in November last year. This is the highest since the end of 2007, just before the onslaught of the worst recession in living memory.

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There's good news as unemployment showed a drop to its lowest level for nearly six years.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that it fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million in the three months to May.
The rate of unemployment also dropped again, to 6.5% from 6.6% in the three months to April.

If you're househunting, getting a survey or pinning down a mortgage deal this weekend, then you'll want to know about the Bank of England's latest decision on interest rates.
The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee has kept rates at their record low of 0.5 per cent for another month.
It comes after recent speculation that we could see rates rise more quickly than previously expected.

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently showed that UK economic growth in the first quarter was helped by a 5 per cent rise in business investment - the highest for two years.
It was almost double an earlier estimate of 2.7%.
The ONS has also placed the annual growth rate for the economy at 3 per cent for 2014.
We've been among the businesses to expand, taking on new staff and launching new divisions.

We've had another great week at McAndrew Martin as we continue to be busy.

Our talented team have been dealing with all kinds of projects, from homebuyer and structural surveys to drawing up plans for new developments, fire risk assessments, design work and more!

Demand for our expert surveys is continuing to increase as the housing market remains strong - and it seems as if there is more good news on interest rates.

The housing market remained strong as the industry enjoyed a 'spring bounce', according to new figures.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said that property sales nationwide hit their highest level of the year in May with some 100,360 homes sold - up from 95,600 in April.
Concerns that the market was overheating receded after separate figures from the British Bankers' Association.
The banking group said that the 'heat was coming out of the housing market' as mortgage approvals - an indicator of future sales - had fallen in May.

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