THIS year has been a good one so far for vendors, with sales gathering pace throughout the year, culminating in August seeing the highest level of people moving home for five years.
And Hall and Scott director Paul Scott is predicting that feel-good factor to continue into the winter and beyond.
He said: "The property market started slowly through the first quarter of the year and then began to gather pace through the spring and into the summer.
"Most estate agents reported a rapid increase in enquiries and subsequent sales, but this has slowed slightly as the level of new properties coming to the market has decreased.
"Although this is natural, as autumn approaches, the level of people wanting to buy houses has not seemed to follow suit.
"However, the high level of applicants looking to buy are erring more on the cautious side and unless property is priced correctly they are tending to be somewhat circumspect.
"The key to selling your home in these slightly-more-restrained times is to guard against quoting a price that appears unrelated to the true value."
The second phase of the Government's Help to Buy Scheme, which had been due to come into force at the beginning of next year, has started taking applications three months earlier than expected. This new initiative will see the Government underwriting 15 per cent of the value of a mortgage thereby allowing buyers to secure properties with a five per cent deposit.
It will apply to all home purchases in the country of up to £600,000 and this is bound to release more buyers who are able to proceed into the market.
Mr Scott said: "During the autumn we tend to reflect upon the previous months that have gone before and look to the future to try and ascertain what we might expect in the coming year.
"With Topsham being mentioned in the Sunday Times as one of the most desirable places to live in the South West – along with East Devon being placed in the top five locations to live in the whole of the UK – it's not surprising that buyers are being attracted to the area from all over the country, guaranteeing a steady flow of buyers that will continue well-into 2014."