Bank Of England Continues To Watch Housing Market
he Bank Of England has said that there is not a property happening in Britain but that it would maintain it’s vigilance and would take the necessary action to calm the market if it felt prices were rising at unsustainable levels. The bank has said that it had a number of tools at its disposal to cool price increases but it did not want to increase interest rates as this would choke off the recovery in the economy. House prices rose 3.3% across Britain in the 12 months to July as a whole with London steaming ahead with an increase of 10%.
Labour To Build 200,000 New Homes Every Year
Many commentators are concerned that there is still not enough houses being built to satisfy demand and that prices could rise by more than the preferred 5% per annum. They are worried that the schemes that have been introduced by the government and the bank have led to many buyers coming into the market and not enough housing stock to satisfy the demand. They are also worried that the second part of the Help To Buy Scheme which will be rolled out in January 2014 will further fuel house price inflation.
The Labour leader has said that his party would build 200,000 new homes every year by the year 2020. It is argued that this would alleviate the house price increases and would also help many families that are simply unable to find an affordable home.
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- No housing bubble, but Bank of England says it is watching closely – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- How to spot a housing bubble (killerinvestorblog.wordpress.com)