Consumer confidence in the housing market has increased by its largest rate since 2016, according to the latest Housing Market Sentiment Survey by Zoopla.
Over eight in ten homeowners (84%) predict house prices in their area will grow by 6.9% over the next six months.
This is a marked increase on the previous survey held in November 2017, when a price increase of 4.9% was forecast by 70% of consumers.
The East Midlands remains the most confident region, with 93% expecting prices to rise compared to 79% in November’s survey, closely followed by the East of England (90%).
Although North Eastern homeowners have the least optimism, market confidence has nearly trebled in the region from 22% in November to 63%. In London, 76% of consumers are anticipating prices in the capital to grow.
However, in terms of the rate at which prices are predicted to rise, homeowners in the West Midlands are the most optimistic, predicting property prices in the region will grow by 10.6% in the next six months.
Zoopla believes that the rise in confidence is a result of wider activity in the housing market, due to a seasonal increase in momentum.