English Real Estate Rose 7.5 Percent in 2013

House prices went up 7.5% over 2013 – despite a dip in December, according to the country’s biggest lender.

The bank, which bases it monthly index on mortgages it has agreed, had predicted movement of -2% to 2% over the course of 2013, but a stronger than anticipated recovery in the wider economy, combined with government stimulus including the Help to Buy scheme, led to stronger growth.

Halifax reported a 0.6% drop in prices during December, taking the average UK house price to £173,467. However, it said monthly figures could be volatile, and the three-month data was a more reliable indicator of the underlying trend. This showed growth of 1.9%.

Its annual growth figure is based on a comparison of quarterly year-on-year comparisons, and a straight comparison of prices in December 2012 and December 2013 showed a 5% increase.

Halifax’s housing economist, Martin Ellis, said: “Mounting signs that the economic recovery is becoming firmly established, together with a predicted decline in unemployment, should further boost consumer confidence over the coming months.

“This will increase the likelihood that more people will consider buying a property in 2014, therefore supporting housing demand.”

via theguardian.com

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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.
Alfonso Esparza