There have been more encouraging signs of renewed confidence in the UK housing market , with figures for last month showing mortgage lending was at its highest for five years.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders revealed lending rose to more than £16 billion in July - up 12 percent on the previous month.
Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.