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Carney Can’t Escape Housing as Debt Colors BOE Policy

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney can’t get away from the housing market.

As he argues there is no immediate need to raise interest rates, central to his case is the mountain of debt financing property. Home loans account for almost 90 percent of the 1.45 trillion pounds ($2.3 trillion) owed by U.K. households. In London, where the average home costs 500,000 pounds, first-time buyers are paying almost nine times their annual income to get onto the housing ladder.