According to a report in the Telegraph, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have found that the typical number of house hunters registered per branch in December was 294, 32 more than the average figure for November, with viewings continuing right up until the Christmas break.
The percentage of first-time buyers also rose to 21pc, continuing the increase since this section of the market hit its lowest proportion in nearly three years last autumn, although first-time buyers made up a quarter of the market during the same period last year.
Mike Poole, NAEA regional executive for the north sector, said: "Many members were kept busy right up to the Christmas break which bodes well for 2012.
"Sales were being agreed and a limited number of viewings were still booked in right up until the festivities began."
The increased interest from prospective buyers has yet to translate into purchases, with sales dropping off from six per branch in November to five in December, the lowest figure since December 2010 and in line with the expected seasonal slowdown.