Sunshine helps boost housing market

Press Association
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The unusually warm weather and a rush of first-time buyers trying to beat a stamp duty deadline gave the housing market a boost last month, a report has said.

New buyer inquiries edged up in March, with 9% more estate agents reporting increases rather than decreases in demand, the highest reading in almost two years, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said.