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It is time to look at the UK housebuilding sector again?

Amid signs that UK house prices are starting to move higher, according to the recent Nationwide Building Society report, we have seen a rise in UK housebuilder share prices. This is a significant move from the recent trend where concerns regarding debt, business levels and the immediate future saw many investors run for the hills. So is it too early to look at the housebuilding sector or has it turned the corner?

While the apparent increase in property prices last month has been well received by many in the market, there is concern regarding different trends reported in different surveys. This is a particular scenario we saw earlier this year when the Halifax and the Nationwide surveys seemed to indicate very different price movements in the same month. However, even if UK house prices have started to move up it is worth remembering that many of the U.K.'s leading housebuilders are significantly in debt at this moment in time. A mixture of mergers, takeovers and expansion, all at the top of the market, are still causing problems in the sector.

Confidence is the main factor which is needed to increase interest in the UK property market although at this moment in time confidence is fragile at best. What happens over the next few months will be vital to the UK housebuilding sector and homeowners alike.

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