Homeowner confidence surges

UK homeowners are expecting house prices to rise by 4.5 per cent over the next six months, a sign of significant confidence returning to the housing market, according to the latest research from property website Zoopla. Around 74 per cent of those surveyed predicted prices in their area will increase – the highest proportion of homeowners since the second quarter of 2010 and up from 65 per cent in December, Zoopla said.