A survey carried out by the Abbey National mortgage department suggests that the general view is of house prices stopping their fall within the next 12 months.
Speaking to estate agents the Abbey National found 61 percent of them believing that the prices would bottom out within 12 months, while the majority of homeowners expect it to be even quicker, the concensus being around 7 months. Even the most pessimistic homeowner cannot envisage price falls lasting longer than a year.
With this market view in mind around 80 percent of property owners are happy to wait and let the prices fall a little more before committing to a move. The Abbey National also found a small number of people planning to make the most of the price falls by stepping in to buy and grab a bargain.