London’s House Prices Slow Down

Property prices in London’s most expensive neighbourhoods have increased by 1.7% since August 2014, the lowest pace of change in more than five years, according to figures from Knight Frank.

The firm’s latest prime central London sales index suggests changes to stamp duty rules in December and uncertainty caused by China’s currency devaluation caused the summer slowdown to be sharper than usual.

The annual rate of increase was the lowest since November 2009, when the market was recovering from the 2008 financial crash, and the slowdown was felt most in the parts of London that have traditionally been favoured by wealthy buyers.

In the west London neighbourhood of Notting Hill, once home to prime minister David Cameron, prices have fallen by 4.6% over the past 12 months, while in Knightsbridge they are down by 2.4%.

Across west London’s prime areas prices were down, while in the City of London they have increased by 7.1% and in Islington in north London they are up by 6.5%.

via The Guardian

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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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