Statistics can be manipulated - I find that reading a range of the financial press gives me a broad idea of what the property experts are thinking. Mix this with stats and you can create some very interesting buying opportunities.
Check out the stats, read the opinions of experts and then make your own mind up. Remember, it is easy for others to sit back and recommend this and that when you aren't putting their own money in. However, it is you that has the final say on your money - if a potential investment looks good and feels good then give it some serious consideration. You will pick up an eye for good/bad investment opportunities over the years - a kind of gut feeling.