House price good news?!?

Ok, let's see what's on the ES website for "House Prices" in the last 24 hours:

1.IMF warns on UK house prices
Plunge threat to Britain's economy…read
News and city:  01/10/04

Hmm, hardly 'good news' and it is today's, not yesterday's news.

2.Inheritance tax threshold 'unfair'
More than two thirds of people think inheritance tax is unfair as rising house prices push more and more families above the threshold on which it is paid, research claimed today…read
News and city: Business 30/09/04

Hmm, well it's a voluntary tax for people who distrust their relatives more than they dislike the Inland Revenue, so tough. In any case, hardly 'good news' on 'house prices'. 
3.House price rises gather pace
Trading up is hardest in a
News and city: Business 01/10/04
Hmm, compare and contrast with #1. Also today's.

4.Rock shrugs off property slowdown
But bank predicts mortgage
News and city: Business 01/10/04

Hmm, probably not 'house prices' news. Ditto
5.Graduates priced out of property
63% cannot buy before
News and city:  30/09/04

Well, it's yesterday's, but if this is good news, then…
6.House crash fears ease
Fears of a housing crash in London eased today with a survey showing the property market on course for a soft landing. Latest figures from the Nationwide reveal that London prices, though slowing, will continue to rise gently…read

I think this must be it – house prices will rise… slowly. If you read the story, it says sales are about 20% lower than the spring, and in some areas prices are going up and in some areas they're not moving.

So out of those six, that's two bad news, one possibly good, one 'it depends' and two irrelevant.

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