90pc believe property prices will rise

Those living in London were the most optimistic with 53% anticipating an increase compared to just 14% in the east.

Despite the increase in confidence the majority of those surveyed (62%) plan to stay in their current homes with 22% planning to extend or improve their property in the next 12 months.

Andrew Pearce, retail director for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “It is encouraging to see confidence returning to the property market with an increase in both those who think the value of their property will stay the same and those that think it will increase from the same period last year.

“Whether people are planning to stay in their current home or to move to their dream property, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks can help customers through the process by finding the right mortgage to suit their individual needs and requirements.”

The research also found that finding a good home at a bargain price was the main motivator for those thinking of moving home with 19% saying that this would encourage them to move in 2013.

For those hoping to move to their dream home location remains the main concern of the majority of people (80%), whilst noisy neighbours would be the main deterrent with 80% admitting this would put them off buying a property.