Interest rate rises to HIGHEST since 2009…what does this mean for the housing market?

A positive set of economic data, which in particular reflects a healthy labour market with unemployment at its lowest level for 42 years and the number of positions vacant at a record high, together with inflation stubbornly sat at 2.4 per cent for the last couple of months, pushed the Bank to move the rate upwards towards more normalised levels. Mr Haldane notably recommended last month that the interest rate should increase. Whilst the Bank Rate held in June, the unanimous vote amongst the Monetary Policy Commission (MPC) this month…

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Cruise ships failed cleanliness checks at highest rate on record | Cruise | Travel

Cruise ships regularly undergo sanitation inspections to ensure that the liners are kept to a high standard. Due to their contained design, it means illnesses such as norovirus can easily spread when one person is struck down. The popularity of cruises is only increasing with 27.2 million passengers expected to take to the seas in 2018. Last year, cruise liners faced their worst year on record when it came to passing the relevant health checks. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed 14 cases failed inspections, out…

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House price rise: THIS area saw the highest rise in values last year | Property | Life & Style

GETTY The South West saw the greatest jump in average values in 2017, and they were up by 7.5% Whilst historic, both indices are widely respected in the property and finance industries, due to the fact that they are independent and represent the majority of lenders in the UK, and ‘whole of market’ data from the perspective of prices for properties sold, which therefore provides a clear indication of housing market trends, even if they lag by a few weeks.  In terms of house prices, the ONS report, which also…

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