Global House Price Index

Sometimes we bring you news as it happens and sometimes, like now, we're just a little bit late. With that apology, here are the findings of what's billed as the
Peter Coy

Sometimes we bring you news as it happens and sometimes, like now, we're just a little bit late. With that apology, here are the findings of what's billed as the "first truly global house price index." It was released Apr. 29 (ahem) from a British firm called Knight Frank. Here's a link to the press release.

Knight Frank concludes that average global prices were rising 11% a year in 2004 but just 6% a year as of the end of March. So, a slowdown in growth, but not a decline. The biggest reversal was felt by Hong Kong, which went from a 23% annual price increase through early 2005 to a 7% annual price decline through early 2006.

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