FALLING house prices have been welcomed by Yorkshire estate agents.
Now, sellers have been urged to price their properties realistically, to make sure they attract buyers.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reported a "moderate" fall in house prices in the region in December.
Completed sales for the month were in line with the November total - following four interest rate rises during the year.
The number of inquiries from would-be buyers fell during the month. The institution said it expected house prices to fall further over the next three months.
Alex McNeil, of estate agency Bramleys in Huddersfield, said: "The number of sales is expected to increase in the first quarter of 2005 - if sellers adjust their price expectations."
He said the number of houses on the market was increasing.
But he added: "Although deals are being agreed, reaching completion is now more of a struggle."
Andrew Hodgson, of Dacre Son and Hartley, said buyers remained tentative, but sellers were being more realistic on price.
Nigel Favas, of Reeds Rains, said house price rises had slowed dramatically towards the end of last year.
"We started the year with rises of up to 7.3% from month to month," he aid. "By December, they had slowed to about 0.1%."
Mr Favas said Reeds Rains branches were reporting increased activity in the first weeks of 2005. But he added: "We would urge people looking to sell their property to be realistic about prices."