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Surrey tops UK house price league

Surrey tops the county house price league according to an analysis of
the last 10 years of house price data by Halifax Estate Agents.

The research shows Surrey currently has the most expensive homes
in the UK up 170 per cent with an average price of £281,451 in 2003
compared to £104,373 in 1993.

The largest increase over the last decade is in Dorset where prices
have risen by 218 per cent to £197,318 from £61,999 compared to
the UK average increase over the same period of 138 per cent.

Halifax Estate Agents managing director Jane Pridgeon says: “There
has been a huge variation in house price growth across the country
over the past 10 years but there is little doubt that the majority of
counties have done very well with around 80 per cent seeing
increases of over 100 per cent.”


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