Haunted housing

House prices are an incontestable economic barometer and Knight Frank's global index speaks loudly. The US is recovering nicely but China is on a runaway train and the rest of the world, including Australia, looks grim.

Suddenly you can see that China is caught between a rock and a hard place, the US is strong, Europe is getting worse and Australia is being ‘Gillarded’. Those conclusions come from just one global measure – house prices.  

No matter where you are in the world, people express their confidence by what they pay for houses. So the movement in house prices tells us what is happening in a country and, sometimes, what is likely to happen.

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