Further signs are emerging that the stalled housing market could be in the early stages of a rebound.
Chase Homes, the luxury housing division of developer Chase Midland, said it was receiving strong interest, indicating good sales levels during the run-up to Christmas and into 2006.
And, although Savills Residential Research is predicting zero house price growth overall next year, it believes the market is on the move, lead by London and the South-east.
Flying in the face of the widely reported slowdown, Chase Homes, has notched 31 reservations in the past two weeks - more than three times the company's average weekly sales for 2005.
It claims the success is set to continue, with 25 active sites across the Midlands.
Rod Ackrill, chairman of Chase Midland, said: " Whatever the market conditions, quality properties with good specification and in good locations will always sell. It is these three factors that remain important to house buyers and, if you can combine all three you, are almost guaranteed to convert any interest into sales."
This, he said, was why Chase was continuing to achieve.
While admitting that Birmingham city centre had not been as buoyant as last year, it had pre-sold 300 units at its Granville Street and Commercial Street apartment schemes, both to be completed around the end of 2006.
Mr Ackrill said: "There is an oversupply of apartments in areas like Sutton Coldfield and pressure from Government to build more densely has led to a build-up of stock in the city centre. However, there are many indications that we will soon see an overall improvement in the region's housing market."
Savills director Jim Ward said: "With the prospect of high City bonuses and continued buoyancy in the financial markets, we are forecasting a five per cent growth in prime central London in 2006."