The Housing Secretary announced a new scheme for self builders giving them a £150 million boost making it easier for them to secure mortgages.
Robert Jenrick said the "help to build" initiative would lower deposits for prospective homeowners seeking to commission a made-to-order property based on existing designs or build their own house from scratch.
An MP has claimed that housebuilders that carry out repairs on new-build homes are asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements.
MP for Sheffield South East and chairman of Parliament's housing committee, Clive Betts, told BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme that the practice was appalling and would not be acceptable in other industries.
According to the Office for National Statistics property prices rocketed by 8.5pc in December - the highest annual growth rate recorded since October 2014.
A desire for space following the shift to home working combined with the temporary incentive of the stamp duty holiday meant demand for houses led to a price surge. Last year's property market boom gave a particular boost to Welsh sellers, as home values jumped 10.7pc, hitting £184,000.
Post lockdown demand for bigger homes fuelled a 7.6 per cent house price increase in the year to November.
According to the mortgage lender the Halifax, values have grown 6.5 per cent in the five months since June after the housing markets began to reopen. This is the sharpest rate of growth in any five-month period since 2004. The average value of a British home has increased by more than £15,000 in this period to reach a record high of £253,243.