UK landlords could see house prices beginning to rise again towards the end of next year, an expert has claimed.

Luke Bennet, founder and managing director of SW19, said that the market had "plateaued out", and predicted that values could creep up again late in 2009.

He anticipated next year being "a bit more active", with a possible increase of as much as 20 to 30 per cent in the volume of registrations.

"I think it has plateaued out now really because we are starting to see a little bit more activity and a little bit more confidence in people [who are] offering,"he commented.

Mr Bennett expressed his belief that claims that prices will not start to rise again until 2010 were off the mark slightly.

He claimed that conditions for homeowners would begin to improve sooner than that, with prices starting to recover by the end of next year.

According to Nationwide, house prices have fallen by 13.9 per cent in past 12 months, although November saw a relatively small decline of 0.4 per cent.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18924438-ADNFCR

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