It's the U.K.'s favorite topic of conversation, one of its national pastimes, and the chatter is set to start all over again with the British housing market looking like it has already kicked back into life.
A plethora of different data types mean that statistics can swamp and confuse anyone looking to gauge the current climate. Property website Rightmove just announced its busiest month ever for house hunters, Halifax saw its biggest January monthly price increase since 2009 and the Bank of England has reported a pickup in mortgage lending.
"Credit availability is improving again," James Knightley, the U.K. economist at ING told CNBC via mail. "I think demand could strengthen through the year."
Robert Wood, the chief U.K. economist at Berenberg, agrees, putting it down to lower borrowing costs, better consumer confidence and cheaper fuel costs that effectively mean that real incomes are rising again.