DEMAND is starting to slip for high priced houses, a survey has found.
Figures from property consultant Allsop & Co showed that house prices in Yorkshire rose by 9.6% in the first half of 2004.
But it said the regional property market had been less busy since Easter.
While demand was still strong for properties priced under £200,000, houses costing more were proving harder to sell.
The survey said the average price of a house in the region is now £125,285 against £114,273 at the start of the year.
The average price of a house in Huddersfield had risen to £120,000 from £110,000 before.
The report said: "Some agents in Huddersfield have found that asking prices are not always being achieved and that some properties are taking longer to sell.
"There is, however a very buoyant market for properties under £150,000, which continue to be snapped up by first time buyers or investors."
Andrew Wells, partner for Allsop's northern office in Leeds, said investors buying to let continued to snap up most of the apartments being developed in Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield, York and Halifax.
But there was still a "relative dearth" of owner-occupiers buying such properties.