By Daniel Hunter
House prices "bounced back" in January, according to the Halifax.
The mortgage lender said there was a quarterly rise of 1.9% in the three months to the end of January, compared with the three months to December.
Halifax said prices in January alone were 2% higher than in December. It was the biggest such rise for six years.
Annually, prices were up 8.5% in January, compared with 7.8% in December.
"This bounce-back in house price growth in January coincides with reports of the first rise in mortgage approvals for six months in December," said Martin Ellis, Halifax chief housing economist.
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