UK house prices bounced back in February despite the imminent end of the stamp duty holiday, fueled by changing housing preferences in the Covid-19 pandemic, and some buyers betting that the tax saving will be extended. The average price of a home rose by 0.7% to £231,068, the highest on record, more than reversing January’s 0.2% drop, said Nationwide, Britain’s biggest building society. This took the annual growth rate to 6.9% from 6.4%. A shift to working from home and far less commuting during the pandemic has changed what people want in a property. Many Britons are moving out of big cities to smaller towns or more rural areas, in search of bigger houses, home offices, gardens and greener surroundings. When offices reopen, people expect to continue to work from home for at least part of the time.