Estate agents have seen a rise in the number of people looking for new homes

Estate agents have seen a rise in the number of people looking for new homes

House hunter numbers have reached their highest average levels for four years, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

The association's September housing market report showed the number of people registering to look for homes per branch rose from 304 in August to 308 in September, the highest level since September 2007, when a figure of 326 was recorded.

Wendy Evans-Scott, president of the NAEA, said: "It is encouraging to see that the number of enquiries is increasing, but sellers need to be very realistic when pricing their property in order to secure a sale in what is still a very cautious market."

The number of houses available for sale also increased from 65 per branch to 72 across August and September, the highest level for three months.

But sales remained the same with around eight per branch.

The percentage of sales to first-time buyers increased, moving from 20% in August to 22% in September.