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House values are set to remain largely stable throughout 2010.

After an accelerated recovery in 2009, the average house price ended last year around 4 per cent higher than at the start, according to the Halifax House Price Index.

The increasing demand and limited supply of properties for sale dictated house prices for much of 2009 and this balance looks set to influence house values further over the next twelve months.

Much will depend on the UK economy and whether a sustained economic recovery is enjoyed, as well as any changes made to government spending and policy following the upcoming general election. In opposition to these analysts, 81% of home-owners believe that UK house prices will experience a rise over the next six months.

The report* showed that homeowners believe that house values will generally rise by 5.4%, with the value of their own home rising 5.7%.

* Statistics by Zoopla Source: Financial Times

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