Some statisticians have taken the cost of a house and divided it by the number of bricks it contains, as if that means something. They say the average UK brick, when part of a house, is now worth £47.44. That's one third more than it was worth in 2006.
Obviously the bricks of London are special and only really worth looking at if your rockstar dad has died recently or if your banker mum has decided to pass on this year's bonus in lieu of being there throughout your childhood, as in the City Everyone Talks About each house brick comes at an average value of £121.08; quite the huge increase over Belfast's average brick value of £22.09.
Which means that if you want to buy bricks you're probably best off getting new ones.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research says the data shows that house values aren't only rising to unfeasible levels in London, but there's some growth in the North too, with Barclays mortgage boss Raheel Ahmed saying: "It is particularly interesting to see the regions and cities outside of London which are experiencing significant growth in house prices. While a North-South divide does remain, cities such as Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester are experiencing strong growth, and this is forecast to continue through to 2020." [CEBR]