Nearly 60% of people believe now is a good time to buy a property, according to the Building Societies Association (BSA) Property Tracker survey.
The perceived increase in the availability of mortgage finance has led to cautious optimism in the property market.
Access to a mortgage was viewed as a barrier to buying by 49% of people, compared with 55% back in June and 58% in March.
But a lack of job security remains the most significant barrier to a property purchase and was chosen by 58%. This could be a critical influence on the confidence of house buyers with unemployment forecast to rise into 2010. Respondents expect property prices to rise by 1.6% over the next year.
Paul Broadhead, head of mortgage policy at the BSA, says home buyers are increasingly viewing the property market in a positive light.
He adds: "The majority of respondents believe now is a good time to buy. With mortgage availability perceived to be increasing, prospective buyers are more confident of securing funding to purchase a property."
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