There is no way to find – the housing market is difficult to read and worryingly difficult in places.
Most surveys show prices that are roughly static, others show a large decrease in the number of buyers and predict more uncertainty as a result of the Brexit.
With just 16 weeks to Christmas, everyone who sells or buys in the autumn has to be ready for action and above all well informed.
Wow factor: it is easier to sell an attractive house in uncertain times
So what is going on in the market?
Sellers The number of homes for sale in England and Wales rose by 10.3 percent in one year, according to home.co.uk, a website that controls transactions.
So make sure that your house distinguishes itself from the crowd by adhering to the golden rules – de-cluttering, finishing jobs, maximizing the wow factor inside and out and above all being realistic about the asking price.
buyers: The market now eases the average asking prices in the UK to be 2.3 percent lower (that's £ 7,000 for the typical house) now than in July, says Rightmove.
In London the waterfalls are bigger with 3.1 percent.
Agencies everywhere are restorative properties that have not been sold in the summer, so pay attention to bargains.
Homes remain longer in sales at this time of the year (up to 72 days on average in Northern England or 67 days in Greater London), so sellers may be more willing to accept lower offers as the autumn progresses.
Beginners: Contrary to what is often thought, the figures for novice buyers are the highest since 2008 and in recent months 51 percent of all buyers have taken care of.
The average British deposit of £ 33,127 (or £ 114,952 in London) remains an obstacle, says the Halifax.
High living: Signature Mill with six floors is a new conversion near the center of Manchester. There is 24 hour security for the 78 apartments with one and two bedrooms
But those who can buy must do so in order to take advantage of deals that may not last much longer.
At the moment, first-timers buying houses under £ 500,000, for example, do not pay stamp duty on the first £ 300,000.
In the meantime, more than 80% of people who use Help to buy – where the government lends up to 20% of the price of a new house, which means that the buyer only needs to find a down payment of five percent – a good number of first timers.
downsizers: They still have benefits, mainly because they are mostly cash buyers, so they are popular with sellers, who often choose them over buyers who depend on uncertain mortgages.
But high stamp duties and rising relocation costs, plus a shortage of specially built pension apartments and houses, can be a deterrent for older movers.
Apartment located on the water: This one bedroom apartment on the first floor of a modern development on the canal is part of the Help-to-Buy plan. Near Leighton Buzzard train station
Many would-be-downsizers choose Equity Release instead, so they can stay with them, but enjoy some of the capitals it has built up.
Owners aged 55 and older swallowed £ 971 million this way between April and June – a third more than in the same period in 2017.
HOUSES: Government bids to level the playing field between landlords and starters means, in particular, that owner-occupied houses now have an extra stamp duty of three percent and that there are far fewer tax reductions than in the past.
Nevertheless, the investment remains popular.
You have to choose carefully to get the highest yield – the part of the price of the property that you will receive back in a year.
Sunny place: In the cottage Thatcham, this two-bedroom cottage has a beamed ceiling in the sitting room and white wooden shutters
A rank list of Simple Landlord insurance puts Durham at the top at 11.3 percent; Warwick at 10.3 percent and Manchester at 8.5 percent.
tenants: Large demand and limited supply of properties to let out means one thing – rents will rise in many places.
Nevertheless, the rental company Hamptons International says that rents in the United Kingdom have risen only 0.2 percent last year and have fallen 1.6 percent in London.
At least some tenants have more choice: in addition to cities to buy, many cities have specially built, build-to-rent blocks.
These often have high-quality interiors and repair teams that are on site, but they charge higher rents in return.