We’re not about to jump the pond fulltime (at least not yet). But it is a bit eerie, or to some perhaps comforting, to see the parallels in the U.K. market as mortgage rates rise (now at 6.63 percent for the equivalent of a two-year ARM).
The U.K. is skirting a recession as house prices fall, oil costs rise to a record and lenders refuse to pass on the Bank of England’s three interest-rate cuts since December. Policy makers, who make a rate decision tomorrow, said last month that they considered increasing borrowing costs after inflation accelerated to the fastest in a decade.
“This is doom and gloom,” said Alan Clarke, an economist at BNP Paribas SA in London. “The housing market is in freefall and unemployment is rising. The Bank of England’s credibility is in question with the worst peak in inflation in its history, but there are a lot of reasons not to hike now.”
And now back to the “Supercities” discussion…
∙ U.K. Mortgage Rates Surge, Consumer Confidence Slumps [Bloomberg]
∙ Supercities Are Immune To Declines (At Least Until They’re Not) [SocketSite]