News that property sales levels have stabilised could encourage those keen to up sticks and move house this year.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) December UK Housing Market Survey published this week, the level of house sale completions steadied towards the end of last year.

In the quarter ending at the end of 2010, the average number of completed sales per surveyor stood at 15.2.

This is a rise from the 14.8 previously reported and areas which saw particularly strong performances include the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

RICS spokesman Jeremy Leaf said: “Although bad weather hit the housing market during December sales levels have remained stable.”

The RICS recently predicted that a “softer trend” in house prices will continue through the early months of this year. The firm commented after the publication of the new Halifax House Price Index.