People have been urged to be cautious about the findings of a new study, which found that house sales have gone up for two months in succession.

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) revealed that the number of sales per agent rose in both September and August.

However, Firstrung has urged observers to be "guarded"about where the figures have come from.

Paul Holmes, chief executive of the organisation, said that unless the NAEA's conclusions can be backed up by groups such as the Land Registry, they should not be necessarily be accepted as fact.

He commented: "If this is just anecdotal evidence, then it should be ignored."

Mr Holmes added that this apparent fillip came after the worst house sales figures in years and should not be looked upon as necessarily an improvement.

The NAEA figures also showed that the number of first-time buyers increased slightly between September and October.

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