UK House Prices Rise to Four Year High at 9.9%

UK house price inflation has hit a four-year high, according to official figures that will intensify the debate about whether policymakers need to take steps to cool the market.

The average UK house price rose by 9.9% over the year to April, up from 8% inflation in March, driven largely by increases in London, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. That was the strongest rise since June 2010.

The figures were released as members of the Bank of England’s financial policy committee (FPC) meet to discuss risks to the UK’s financial system, with house prices expected to be a key point of discussion. Last week the chancellor, George Osborne, gave the committee new powers to curb house price rises, which have been flagged as a threat to Britain’s economic recovery by ratings agency Fitch and the International Monetary Fund.

The ONS said house prices were increasing strongly across most parts of the UK, with prices in the capital again showing the highest growth. London prices rose 18.7%, the biggest increase since July 2007.

The rise in house prices contrasted with separate official figures showing inflation falling to a five-year low of 1.5% in May.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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