UK house prices rise by 0.5% in January

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said:

“UK house prices increased by 0.5% in January, though prices were unchanged compared with January 2012. While activity in the housing market remains muted by historic standards, there have been tentative signs of a pick up in activity in recent months. The Funding for Lending Scheme has achieved some success in bringing down mortgage rates, with some signs of a pick up in lending activity.

“Hopefully, the momentum will continue to build in the months ahead, though much will depend on whether the wider economic environment improves. Progress is likely to be relatively slow on that front if recent trends are any guide, with the UK economy shrinking for the fourth time in five quarters in Q4 2012.”

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