HOUSE prices in Huddersfield bucked a national trend in rises by actually dropping by 0.2% in December.
Elsewhere, house prices rose for the first time in 18 months during December as consumers became more confident in the market, according to figures released today.
Property website Hometrack said the average cost of a home in England and Wales edged ahead by 0.1% during the month to average £160,900.
In Huddersfield and Yorkshire generally, however, the survey revealed house prices had fallen, by 0.2%.
The survey attributed the national increase to sellers pricing their properties more realistically and an improvement in confidence among buyers.
But despite the small overall rise, the group said prices actually remained unchanged in 84% of the postcode districts it looked at, while they increased in 9% of them and fell in 6%.
Overall, prices have ended the year an average of 1.57% lower than they started it.
Estate agents reported an unseasonal rise in sales during December, with the number of properties changing hands increasing by 3.7% during the month, following a 4% rise in November.
Despite the rise in activity, the average property now takes 8.1 weeks to sell, compared with 7.5 weeks at the beginning of the year, although sellers are achieving 93.5% of their asking price, up from 92.9% 12 months ago.
Greater London saw the strongest price growth during the month, with the average cost of a property in the capital rising by 0.3%.
At the other end of the scale, house prices fell by 0.2% in the North of England, with all other regions reporting either a 0.1% rise or no change at all.
Richard Donnell, director of research at Hometrack, said: "After the very weak start to the year, the pick-up in market activity over the second half of 2005 has clearly acted as a support to average prices, aided by declining levels of stock available for sale.
"However, it is clear that buyers remain highly price- and quality-sensitive.
"Affordability constraints remain the biggest barrier to house price growth in the short term and we expect average prices to rise by just 1% over 2006."