Estate agents in the UK want the government to do more to boost the housing market, according to analysts.

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) carried out a poll of property professionals in order to see what measures they believe would stimulate the flagging housing sector.

More than half of all respondents said they lacked confidence in the government's current policies, adding that more needs to be done.

For example, some estate agents called for a suspension of stamp duty, as well as further reductions in interest rates.

Commenting on the findings, NAEA president Chris Brown said: "Sellers have bravely accepted the truth of the situation and responded accordingly, so now must the government and the major lenders."

He added that if hardworking men and women are making sacrifices by cutting their asking prices, the banks and the government should stand "shoulder to shoulder"with them.

This, he stated, is the "least that they deserve".

According to recent figures from Nationwide, the average price of a house in the UK fell to £158,872 in October 2008

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