Live updates

RICS reports says more sellers returning to house market

Surveyors with increasing new instructions rose to a balance of 26% in August, from 16% in July, a report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed.

And surveyors seeing house prices rise rather than fall climbed to the highest level in almost seven years with a balance of 40%, as the market is fuelled by Government stimulus schemes such as Help to Buy and Funding for Lending.