This year could be a particularly positive one for buy-to-let investors as a number of property bargains begin to appear on the market, an expert has said.

Yolande Barnes, head of residential research at Savills estate agents, told the Yorkshire Post that the trend for falling house prices in 2008 is likely to continue into the new year.

She suggested that this could mean a number of attractive opportunities emerge for those who are looking to snap up property at cut-price rates.

"An awful lot of people holding cash are keen to buy, and I think they reckon the bargains are starting to appear,"she told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, landlords who are "comfortably serving debt"with rental income would have little reason to sell in 2009, with the current market conditions likely to ensure that rental demand remains, she added.

Buy-to-let investors who are looking to take advantage of low house prices in the new year should take time to identify the right location before buying, the Association of Residential Lettings Agents advised this week.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18953064-ADNFCR

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