UK Housing Passes Pre-Crisis Peak

U.K. house prices climbed in June to surpass highs reached in 2007, as the average price of a property in London reached £400,000 ($686,190) for the first time, a new survey showed.

London property prices are more than twice as high as the rest of the country after the fourteenth successive monthly increase, according to the survey by U.K lender Nationwide.

House prices were up 1 percent in June from May, bringing the annual pace of price growth to 11.8 percent, up from 11.1 the previous month.

Homebuilder Persimmon chief executive, Jeff Fairburn, told CNBC the situation is clearly very different in London compared to the rest of the U.K, where the group operates.

“Actually the real price inflation on our houses for sale is fairly muted and we would estimate that so far this year we have only seen about 1 percent increase. ONS statistics indicate around 2 percent for the last 2 months, it is at a very manageable level outside of London,” Fairburn said.

via CNBC

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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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