UK Housing Hits 5 Year High

Nationwide said on Friday that house prices in the U.K. were higher by 0.8 percent in July from June and 3.9 percent higher than in July 2012. This marks the strongest annual growth three years. A typical home is now worth £170,825 ($260,098), the highest since June 2008 when prices were at £172,415.
“Signs of a modest improvement in wider economic conditions and further modest gains in employment are likely to be lifting buyer sentiment,” Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist said in a press release.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
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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