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CITY VIEWS: IS THE WORST NOW OVER FOR THE BRITISH HOUSING MARKET?

<!--StartFragment--> <strong>DAVID THOMSON </strong> CHARTERED INSURANCE INSTITUTE<br />&ldquo;Small shifts in mortgage and house price data is just a blip. The housing market won&rsquo;t return in terms of volume for several months. Consumers need to feel that there&rsquo;s an upturn, and&nbsp;buyers need to know they can return to the market with confidence.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>GRAHAM RIVERS </strong> WIN PLC<br />&ldquo;Easter always brings an up-tick in house sales, but the data we&rsquo;re seeing at the moment isn&rsquo;t indicative of a recovery. The employment market will have to improve massively before people have the confidence to buy. &nbsp;Pricing is just rubbing along the bottom.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>GERARD AMURA </strong> COMMERZBANK<br />&ldquo;All data is historical and doesn&rsquo;t reflect what&rsquo;s going on at the present time. I do think we&rsquo;ve got further to go until the housing market recovers, and I&rsquo;m certainly not looking at moving at the moment. But the industry is cyclical, we will see an improvement.&rdquo;&nbsp; <!--EndFragment-->