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House prices will rise 2 per cent next year as confidence returns to the market, economists predict.

Howard Archer, chief UK economist at accounting giant EY, said the Tories thumping win would boost house price growth from its current level of about 1 per cent a year. He said record low interest rates would also help homebuyers although experts now think there is less chance of a rate cut by the Bank of England. Policymakers are tipped to keep interest rates on hold as they wait to see the impact of Boris Johnson's hefty majority. Economists think two policymakers - Michael Saunders and Jonathan Haskel - could still vote to cut rates.

Ruth Gregory, economist at Capital Economics, said it was likely that rates would remain unchanged in 2020 before rising to 1 per cent in May 2021. She said GDP could increase to 1.8 per cent in 2021 as spending plans fuel economic growth.

Archer said: 'Housing market activity could be given a modest lift in 2020 if the Government introduces specific measures aimed at boosted the sector in the Budget. Low mortgage interest rates and a shortage of properties for sale should provide some support to prices.'

By Helen Cahill

Winter is upon us and soon, temperatures will be taking a tumble. To make sure your house stays toasty warm, have a look at our winter checklist.

1  Check your boiler insurance. A new boiler can cost upwards of £3000. Some home insurance policies will include Home Emergency cover but others will require you to buy it as an add-on. These usually provide cover for boiler breakdowns.

2  Get your boiler serviced annually. Some cover will include a free service each year, and most insurers will not pay out if the breakdown is due to 'wear and tear'.

3  Lag cold pipes - this would stop them from freezing and avoids blockages.

4  Make sure your guttering is clear of debris. This prevents damp from getting into walls, which can cause damage.

5  Going away over the festive period? Set your heating to come on for an hour or so each day to stop the pipes freezing.

It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be.   Paul Arden

Estate Agency remains an easy career to get in to but a difficult one to excel at in the long term.

Housing minister Esther McVey has revealed government backing for a major house building project in Kent that will add 15,000 new homes to the nation's property market in a single stroke.

After nearly five years of planning and political ping-pong, Ebbsfleet Garden City is to come to life with a new central urban area called Ebbsfleet Central.

Land for the new 310-acre conurbation has now been secured and, at a launch event at Ebbsfleet train station, it was revealed that the government has spent substantial sums buying up the estate needed to build the residential and commercial area.

"Projects such as Ebbsfleet Central have a key role in making sure we deliver the homes this country needs while protecting the countryside. The development will make the most of brownfield land and make a big contribution to delivering quality new homes for families within the garden city, at least 30% of which will be affordable.However, it is not enough just to build new houses,we need to ensure we build proud communities with a sense of place. That's why developments such as these are so important, providing facilities and homes for families in a thriving new urban centre at the heart of the community," says McVey.

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