By Jonathan Davies

That's right. House prices actually fell in September, according to the Land Registry.

After a year of rising prices and speculation over the market slowing down, house prices in England and Wales fell by 0.2% in September, the biggest monthly fall in a year, the Land registry said.

The average house price is now £177,299.

Annual house price inflation also fell from 8.4% in August to 7.2% in September. It's the first time that figure has fallen since May 2013.

Yorkshire and Humberside saw the biggest decreases at 2.2%.

Despite various organisations suggesting the market was showing signs of slowing down, the Land Registry's figures are seen as particularly significant because it relates to sales, rather than mortgages. They refer to properties sold using cash, not mortgages.

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