Britain's high street bank mortgage lending has hit a six-year peak, according to new figures.
A strong annual rise in prices has seen the housing market kick-start 2014 in record fashion.
The number of buyers chasing homes continues to grow, reaching almost 10 people per property, according to new figures.
Competition for low-deposit mortgages under the government's Help to Buy scheme is heating up with Santander now offering a new range of products.
More than half of people believe that 2014 would be a good time to sell a property as housing market confidence continues to blossom, a survey has found.
House prices surged by more than 10 per cent year-on-year in London in November - but they edged down by 1.6 per cent annually in the North East, Land Registry figures have shown.
House prices will rise by another 8 per cent next year due to the shortage of homes coming on to the market, surveyors have forecast.
House prices rose faster in November than at any time during the past six years, according to new Halifax data.
Yorkshire Building Society Group has released a raft of new 5 per cent mortgage deals onto the market.
The Help to Buy scheme is working, Prime Minister David Cameron has said, with first-time buyers mainly signing up to the government-backed mortgage scheme.
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