The UK housing market has given Solihull-based builders Taylor Woodrow a boost as it forecasts profits to come in at the top end of expectations.
Average new home prices rose to nearly £200,000 last year
The company, which also works in the US, Spain and Gibraltar, said it built nearly 8,300 houses in the UK last year - 1.4% more than in 2005.
The average UK selling price jumped to £193,000, it said.
The company said UK sales remained good in the second half of the year despite two rises in interest rates.
However, it warned: "Customer confidence could be damaged if further interest rate rises materialise in 2007."
Woodrow said the housing market in the US "weakened considerably in 2006" because of rising interest rates and concerns over affordability.
It built more than 13,000 houses in total last year - up 5.2% from 2005.