Recent figures show house prices may have stabilised in May, but one expert has suggested they could remain low for a significant period.
Hometrack research revealed property values remained constant between April and May – the first time this has occurred in 20 months.
However, Savills director of residential research Lucian Cook suggested the average cost of £155,600 is historically low and could remain as such for a while.
"I think you could see odd months where you see rises and you see falls," he predicted, as opposed to a straightforward bounce back.
Those waiting for the market to recover before selling could be waiting a while, if Mr Cooks predictions are correct.
Some may decide to invest in a home improvement such as a conservatory, which a recent Halifax survey found to be perceived as the modification likely to add the most value to a property.