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The number of people looking to buy had fallen from 279 in november, as expected during the traditional festive slowdown in the property market.
The number of properties available for sale per branch increased slightly from 58 in november to 59 in december.
Thousands of potential buyers are still in need of help and further, more robust, action is needed to make mortgages more available.
This is the lowest proportion recorded since december 2008, when it stood at 11 per cent, the naea added.
This was certainly a year of survival of the fittest and those able to offer a first class service.
The stamp duty holiday will end, despite warnings from much of the property industry that this is a mistake, and this has the potential to reverberate around the market.
This means that some people will adopt a wait and see attitude to housing as they study what tax changes will mean for them and how the election is likely to play out.
If more property comes onto the market the house price rise will flatten or, in some cases might fall slightly over the first six months of the year.
This clearly indicates that the british public still believes that investing in bricks and mortar is the right thing to do.
Again, the situation with lending will have an impact.
The naea believes that responsible lending to responsible people is crucial to any recovery.
Many estate agents offices have closed this year very few reopening.
We are confirming this as we update our records on the website.
Buyers are still finding difficulty funding mortgages and transactions remain low.