2. NATIONWIDE: HOUSE PRICES ROSE 8.4% IN 2013
The Nationwide Building Society says house prices rose 8.4 per cent nationally in 2013, based on data from its mortgage clients, meaning the average home was valued at £175,826. Prices rose in all areas, though the last quarter of the year in London saw the biggest increase. Prices are still 5 per cent below the 2007 peak.