House sales stabilise despite fears over weather and the economy

The level of completed house sales in Yorkshire stabilised at the end of 2010, with chartered surveyors optimistic about the next few months, according to the latest RICS UK Housing Market survey.

In the three months to December, the average number of completed sales per surveyor in the region stabilised at an average of 18 (from 17).

Across the UK, completed transactions were highest in the East Midlands (average of 19), with Yorkshire and Humber in second place.

RICS regional housing spokesman Jon Charters-Reid said: "The Christmas and New Year break is traditionally a quiet time for house sales but poor weather conditions and concerns about the economy certainly added to this.

"Even so, homes continue to be bought and sold on a daily basis and the market is still very much alive.

"Surveyors now expect activity to pick up significantly in the spring and well-presented homes that are realistically priced will always sell in a reasonable time."

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