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LONDON (Reuters) – UK home value progress accelerated unexpectedly final month, Nationwide mortgage lender stated on Tuesday, defying expectations of a slowdown as Finance Minister Rishi Sunak prepares new measures funds to stimulate the market.
Home costs rose 6.9% in annual phrases in February, down from 6.4% in January, Nationwide stated, above all predictions of a Reuters ballot of economists which had indicated a slowdown to five, 6%.
In February alone, costs rose 0.7%, greater than reversing a 0.2% drop in January and contradicting expectations of a 0.3% drop.
Nationwide stated the outlook for the housing market is especially unsure for the time being, with the potential for it to be additional boosted by Sunak when it presents its annual funds on Wednesday.
However the market might sluggish as a result of weakening job market, the lender stated.
In keeping with media stories, Sunak is anticipated to increase a short lived discount in property taxes till June and announce a brand new mortgage assure system for first-time patrons.
Samuel Tombs, an economist at consultancy Pantheon Macroeconomics, stated he doubts any new program would clear up the accessibility points confronted by first-time patrons.
“Nonetheless, our forecast of a home value drop of round 2% this 12 months now appears too pessimistic, though we are going to wait till particulars of the assure scheme are launched earlier than offering new numbers,” Tombs stated.
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