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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: London Publishing Partnership (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907994017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907994012
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anybody interested in the housing market and in trying to preserve their wealth in these uncertain times should take a look at a fascinating new book: Safe as Houses: A Historical Analysis of Property Prices is full of useful facts. --Allister Heath, Editor, City A.M.

This easy-to-read book shows that in the long run house price indices grow just slightly faster than consumer prices. The very high house price growth rates many countries have been experiencing for the last decade or so are not at all representative of longer trends. This provides food for thought for anybody anywhere in the world, who is interested in trying to foresee house prices and to devise investment strategies. --Jacques Friggit, French Ministry of Housing

A must read if you are remotely interested in the history of house prices. -- Merryn Somerset Webb, Money Week

This is a fascinating and and accessibly written book with many surprising facts and an underlying wit. --John Pitt, New Classics

Many people think that owning a house is a certain moneymaker, but this is not the historical experience. In his recent book Safe as Houses? A Historical Analysis of Property Prices, Neil Monnery presents data from an array of nations going back (in some cases) several centuries. What he discovers is that real house prices have generally been flat over time, or have increased by at most 1% a year. Rather like gold, then, house prices have been a good store of value rather than an automatic route to riches. --The Economist

For a while, I thought [property] was a cracking investment. Now I'm not sure. What has changed my mind is Safe as Houses?, by Neil Monnery. Mr Monnery is no explicit housing bear and offers no outlandishly bearish forecasts. But for those of us who find history the most powerful guide to the present, he provides a wealth of data that show, in impressive detail, how unusual the past 50 years - and particularly the past 15 - have been. ----Stephen Wilmot, Investors Chronicle

Many people think that owning a house is a certain moneymaker, but this is not the historical experience. In his recent book Safe as Houses? A Historical Analysis of Property Prices, Neil Monnery presents data from an array of nations going back (in some cases) several centuries. What he discovers is that real house prices have generally been flat over time, or have increased by at most 1% a year. Rather like gold, then, house prices have been a good store of value rather than an automatic route to riches. --The Economist

For a while, I thought [property] was a cracking investment. Now I'm not sure. What has changed my mind is Safe as Houses?, by Neil Monnery. Mr Monnery is no explicit housing bear and offers no outlandishly bearish forecasts. But for those of us who find history the most powerful guide to the present, he provides a wealth of data that show, in impressive detail, how unusual the past 50 years - and particularly the past 15 - have been. --Stephen Wilmot, Investors Chronicle

Many people think that owning a house is a certain moneymaker, but this is not the historical experience. In his recent book Safe as Houses? A Historical Analysis of Property Prices, Neil Monnery presents data from an array of nations going back (in some cases) several centuries. What he discovers is that real house prices have generally been flat over time, or have increased by at most 1% a year. Rather like gold, then, house prices have been a good store of value rather than an automatic route to riches. --The Economist

For a while, I thought [property] was a cracking investment. Now I'm not sure. What has changed my mind is Safe as Houses?, by Neil Monnery. Mr Monnery is no explicit housing bear and offers no outlandishly bearish forecasts. But for those of us who find history the most powerful guide to the present, he provides a wealth of data that show, in impressive detail, how unusual the past 50 years - and particularly the past 15 - have been. --Stephen Wilmot, Investors Chronicle

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‘Anybody interested in the housing market and in trying to preserve their wealth in these uncertain times should take a look at a fascinating new book: Safe as Houses: A Historical Analysis of Property Prices is full of useful facts.’ --Allister Heath, Editor, City A.M. ‘One of the few sane books on housing economics.’ -- Sir Simon Jenkins ‘A must read if you are remotely interested in the history of house prices.’ -- Merryn Somerset Webb, Money Week ‘There is loads more interesting data in the book, including several countries and long time series.’ -- Diane Coyle ‘This is a fascinating and accessibly written book with many surprising facts and an underlying wit.’ --John Pitt, New Classics ‘Many people think that owning a house is a certain moneymaker, but this is not the historical experience. In his recent book Safe as Houses? A Historical Analysis of Property Prices, Neil Monnery presents data from an array of nations going back (in some cases) several centuries. What he discovers is that real house prices have generally been flat over time, or have increased by at most 1% a year. Rather like gold, then, house prices have been a good store of value rather than an automatic route to riches.’ --The Economist ‘For a while, I thought [property] was a cracking investment. Now I'm not sure. What has changed my mind is Safe as Houses?, by Neil Monnery. Mr Monnery is no explicit housing bear and offers no outlandishly bearish forecasts. But for those of us who find history the most powerful guide to the present, he provides a wealth of data that show, in impressive detail, how unusual the past 50 years - and particularly the past 15 - have been.’ ----Stephen Wilmot, Investors Chronicle ‘This easy-to-read book shows that in the long run house price indices grow just slightly faster than consumer prices. The very high house price growth rates many countries have been experiencing for the last decade or so are not at all representative of longer trends. This provides food for thought for anybody anywhere in the world, who is interested in trying to foresee house prices and to devise investment strategies.’ --Jacques Friggit, French Ministry of Housing

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