UK housing boom may derail post-Brexit trade dreams

 UK housing boom may derail post-Brexit trade dreams

Terraced houses are seen in Primrose Hill, London, Britain September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo

  • UK house prices rising at fastest pace since mid-2000s
  • In past, house price growth has dampened UK exports
  • Housing, construction can crowd out export-heavy manufacturers

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – History suggests Britain’s house price surge could threaten hopes of post-Brexit export-powered growth, if finance minister Rishi Sunak uses the housing market to fuel the economy like his predecessors did.

Stoked by his tax break on property purchases and a pandemic-driven rush for larger houses as more people work from home, house prices are rising at the fastest annual rate – at 13.4% in June – since 2004, lender Nationwide says.

The housing market holds totemic importance in Britain as a driver of wealth. Adjusted for inflation, house prices in Britain have grown since 1980 by more than in almost any other advanced economy,…

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