UK house price index

Post date: 05-May-2011 19:24:06

Saw @podnosh post a tweet about a piece at http://madwdata.org.uk/blog/2011/05/05/house-purchase-prices and instantly, the data fiend in me wanted to see it visualised. More on that below.

At the end of the piece, @podnosh askes the question, "So what services would you build from house prices information, what could you create if you had free access to a data set like the Unique Property Reference Number?"

My answer, "I'd build an alternative to the post code, possibly doing away with the dreaded post code lottery". I'm so naive :-)

Anyway, downloaded the Halifax housing price index data from http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/media1/research/halifax_hpi.asp then cleaned it up in OpenOffice and pumped it into a couple of visualisation tools.

Gotta say, I'm really liking the look of this IBM Many Eyes tool. Will have a see what else this puppy can do...