Building a hedge for housing

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Homeowners’ fears that housing markets may be overvalued and on the brink of a crash has spurred several residential real estate hedging market initiatives in the UK and the US.

In the UK, where, according to Halifax Bank, average housing prices have skyrocketed by more than 30% in the past year, financial bookmaker IG Index has sold £20 million in ‘spread bets’ on average housing prices in 12 regional markets and the entire UK since August. Trading volume is highest on the Greater London region

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