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26May94 UK: APRIL PROVES BETTER FOR HOUSE BUILDERS.

Relieved house builders saw the market pick up again in April after it stalled in March ahead of tax rises.The House Builders Federation's latest survey shows small increases in both site visits and the number of buyers putting deposits on homes.And though 80 per cent of the 419 firms questioned expect sales to be higher this year than in 1993, almost two-thirds said prices were static.HBF president Richard Adamson said: 'The anticipation of April's tax increase had more effect on the market than the reality of the increases, and it is reassuring to see this reflected in the April figures.'In April, 39 per cent of builders said they had more site visits than in March, while 30 per cent had fewer. And 38 per cent of builders were paid increased numbers of deposits, compared with 31 per cent who received fewer.Adrian Coles, director-general of the Building Societies Association, said April lending figures 'show little if any evidence of a slowdown in housing market activity as a result of last month's tax increases'. CONSTRUCTION NEWS