Chartered surveyors are feeling more optimistic about the prospects for the housing market, according to a new survey.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found that warmer weather helped to lift sentiment in April.
Some 17 per cent more chartered surveyors reported a rise than a fall in house prices during the month, up from nine per cent in March.
Prices are expected to increase further in the months ahead, with many surveyors expecting a post-election bounce.
Rics spokesman Jeremy Leaf pointed out that the housing market has been "under the shadow of a general election" for much of 2010.
This has caused the gap between supply and demand to grow wider, as potential buyers have chosen to wait until a new government is put in place.
However, he added: "The start of spring has seen renewed optimism with the good weather improving sentiment and surveyors expecting an increase in both sales and house prices."