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House prices rocket

UK house prices rocketed by almost 10 per cent in the year to June, according to the monthly Halifax house price index.

The average cost of a house now stands at £92,122 after house price inflation leapt to 9.7 per cent from 7.3 per cent in May — the biggest rise since this time last year.

Halifax attributes the boom to low mortgage rates and unemployment but predicts slower economic growth to ease the pace of house price inflation for the rest of the year.

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