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‘Huge rise in property renovation interest’

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Chairman Simon Price said: "For all those who have written off the UK property market as a dead man walking, this is a salutary signal that 2009 may yet surprise us all.

"There is still a shortage of housing in the UK; first-time buyers have been backing up for the whole of last year waiting for their chance to get on the ladder.

"Canny investors have money to spend and redundancy packages to invest, and although this remarkable statistic is as yet an expression of intent it may translate into an increase of firm sales over the coming months.

"Bargain hunters and property developers are out in force again, no doubt mindful that the bottom of the market is hard to predict. Watch this space!"

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