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Mixed messages

Mark Carney warns that inflation could fall below 1% in the next six months, because of slow growth in the European economy and other downward pressures. Conversely, growth in average earnings for British workers is reported to have overtaken the rate of inflation for the first time in five years, while official figures show that unemployment has fallen again. What all this means is impossible to predict but The Bank of England's concerns regarding falling inflation are also as a result of lower food, energy and import prices, and they do not expect inflation to reach their target rate of 2% for three years. Equally, the Bank said it expected average salaries to be growing by 2% by the end of 2015. Put 10 different economists in a room and you'll get 11 different opinions. So goes the old adage. And the same can be said of house price predictions. But the news does not appear bad and as the rolling boil of the capitals booming property market cools, common sense suggests the country market will continue to grow, as people venture out of London. We have received really impressive levels of enquirers for a property on New Street, Salisbury which the Sunday Times wrote an article about. In a digital age, it appears we do still read the Sunday papers both bought in this country in paper form and internationally on-line. Ten years ago, the replies to weekend advertising were a barometer of the week ahead. With wet weather and contradictory comments regarding the economy and market - the interest generated tells us the penny has dropped. The commutable countryside really does look too cheap compared with London. And, city living outside of the capital, with all of its advantages, is back in vogue. As children grow, their social calenders become busier than our own, and parents turn into chauffeurs, with morning matches and afternoon parties - leading to one constant round of after school clubs, training and social events. On the other hand, empty nesters can enjoy all a city has to offer and lose their reliance on the motorcar. From a ninety minute journey to the capital, to a five-minute walk to the theatre, to a 49 minute rail ride direct to Southampton airport, the world is your oyster, so the saying goes. Salisbury offers so much in terms of schools, culture and countryside and there is always some wonderful event going on; it is perhaps understandable that the property on New Street has created so much interest. But living in the country, whether in a rural city or village, is so much more than just better value than London. The joy of the British seasons can be enjoyed at every juncture. From tea on the lawn to an evening by the fire, each season makes sense. I loved living in London but I enjoyed my weekend cottage more. When we moved out altogether, each day felt like those precious stolen hours spent away from the capital when we were but weekenders. Even walking my dogs up on the hills at first light this morning, with the wind and rail doings its best to deter us - the first glimpses of sun revealed mist hanging over the valley and it is hard not to feel good to be alive. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

Mark Carney warns that inflation could fall below 1% in the next six months, because of slow growth in the European economy and other downward pressures. Conversely, growth in average earnings for British workers is reported to have overtaken the rate of inflation for the first time in five years, while official figures show that unemployment has fallen again. What all this means is impossible to predict but The Bank of England's concerns regarding falling inflation are also as a result of lower food, energy and import prices, and they do not expect inflation to reach their target rate of 2% for three years. Equally, the Bank said it expected average salaries to be growing by 2% by the end of 2015.

Put 10 different economists in a room and you'll get 11 different opinions. So goes the old adage. And the same can be said of house price predictions. But the news does not appear bad and as the rolling boil of the capitals booming property market cools, common sense suggests the country market will continue to grow, as people venture out of London.

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We have received really impressive levels of enquirers for a property on New Street, Salisbury which the Sunday Times wrote an article about. In a digital age, it appears we do still read the Sunday papers both bought in this country in paper form and internationally on-line. Ten years ago, the replies to weekend advertising were a barometer of the week ahead. With wet weather and contradictory comments regarding the economy and market - the interest generated tells us the penny has dropped.

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The commutable countryside really does look too cheap compared with London. And, city living outside of the capital, with all of its advantages, is back in vogue. As children grow, their social calenders become busier than our own, and parents turn into chauffeurs, with morning matches and afternoon parties - leading to one constant round of after school clubs, training and social events. On the other hand, empty nesters can enjoy all a city has to offer and lose their reliance on the motorcar. From a ninety minute journey to the capital, to a five-minute walk to the theatre, to a 49 minute rail ride direct to Southampton airport, the world is your oyster, so the saying goes. Salisbury offers so much in terms of schools, culture and countryside and there is always some wonderful event going on; it is perhaps understandable that the property on New Street has created so much interest.

But living in the country, whether in a rural city or village, is so much more than just better value than London. The joy of the British seasons can be enjoyed at every juncture. From tea on the lawn to an evening by the fire, each season makes sense. I loved living in London but I enjoyed my weekend cottage more. When we moved out altogether, each day felt like those precious stolen hours spent away from the capital when we were but weekenders. Even walking my dogs up on the hills at first light this morning, with the wind and rail doings its best to deter us - the first glimpses of sun revealed mist hanging over the valley and it is hard not to feel good to be alive.

Walking the dogs

Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

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