Morse effect ‘increased house prices in Oxford’

Those considering a move to a different town and looking for a suitable homeowner loan may benefit from recent research which found that house prices in Oxford have risen since the Inspector Morse series debuted 20 years ago.

According to Halifax, house prices in the university town have increased by 388 per cent since the fictional detective began solving crimes in the widely popular show.

In 1986, the average cost of a home was £62,444 but has now reached £304,467, which is considered to be 70 per cent above the national average.

And Oxford has risen from the 59th most expensive town in the UK to the 44th, being the second most expensive location in Oxfordshire after Henley-Thames, where the average house price is now £477,531.

Martin Ellis, chief economist at Halifax, commented: “The premium between house prices in Oxford and the UK average has increased over the 20 years since Inspector Morse first appeared on our TV screens.”

Inspector Morse was played by John Thaw and solved crimes with his easy-going sidekick Lewis.

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