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Potential homeowners are panic buying property as supply in the market continues to fall, estate agents have warned.
The housing market revival witnessed in recent months may soon become a full-scale recovery, figures obtained by a property survey suggest.
Activity in the UK housing market has hit a three-year high, surveyors report, supporting hopes of a revival that would help the economic recovery.
Demand for UK housing hit its highest level in two years in March as more properties were put up for sale ahead of the Stamp Duty holiday-end, data suggests.
Only fourteen homes were sold per UK estate agent in the three months to August - the lowest total for more than two years, said the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Average UK house prices are unlikely to recover to their previous peak levels until around 2020, according to analysis by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).
The hoped-for spring bounce in the housing market failed to occur during May, as fears over the economy and lack of mortgage finance continued to depress activity levels, according to RICS.
Confidence in Portugal's property market has taken a further knock as demand falls in Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve.
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UK house prices will flat line next year ending 2% lower but the number of repossessions will also fall, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Home sellers continued to outnumber buyers in the last three months causing property prices to slip back, according to surveyors.
Future sales expectations rose in August, despite the balance of newly agreed sales falling to its lowest level in two years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
House prices fell for the first time in a year last month, as the supply of properties reached a three year high while demand dwindled, according to RICS.
The Government's decision to abolish Home Information Packs (HIPs) has helped push more supply onto the market, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), as house prices edged up in May.
Homeowners are rushing to put their properties up for sale in a bid to beat the General Election, surveyors said.
The slow but steady rise in house prices in recent months may be stunted as more properties come on to the market, surveyors say.
House prices climbed in January but both buyer and seller interest was hit as a result of the snowy weather, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
A survey of 5,400 businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) concluded that while improvements were evident in some parts of the economy, momentum was not sufficient to drive a recovery in the final three months of the year.
House prices continued to rise in November - despite an increase in the number of properties available.
The number of UK mortgage approvals hit more than 42,200 in October, the highest since January last year, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) says.