By Daniel Hunter

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) have said that interest from potential new buyers of homes in England and Wales rose in March but activity in the housing market remained slow.

The surveyors said that enquiries had risen following a "subdued" start to the year, whilst the number of sales per surveyor also rose to a three-year high in March, the survey found.

However, this compared to a period of activity well below the boom years.

And more surveyors still reported house price falls than those who reported price rises in the three months to the end of March.

“A buoyant, healthy property market is central to economic recovery and, while these are still very much early signs, it is encouraging that sales are beginning to pick up. The increase in potential buyers getting out there and viewing property is particularly encouraging," said Peter Bolton King, of Rics.

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