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House prices pose threat to stability

By Chris Giles and Scheherazade Daneshkhu in London

Published: May 24 2006 03:00 | Last updated: May 24 2006 03:00

Overvalued housing markets and rising long-term interest rates represent one of the greatest combined risks to advanced economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said yesterday.

The housing markets of the US, Spain, France, Ireland and Sweden were most at risk, with a greater than 50 per cent chance of seeing a drop in real prices if prices continued to rise this year and long-term interest rates went up.............

The OECD looked at past peaks in housing markets and searched for a statistical link to interest rates to see whether markets would be vulnerable to a rise in bond yields. It found that if long-term interest rates were to rise by 1-2 percentage points from their current levels, only the markets in Denmark and New Zealand were likely to suffer a reversal

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