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An increasing number of real estate agents and brokers expect home prices will either stay flat or increase in the next six months, according to a fourth-quarter survey by online real estate marketing company HomeGain.

Forty-eight percent of agents and brokers surveyed think home prices will stay the same and 24 percent think prices will go up, the company reported. That’s a slight increase from the third-quarter survey, when those numbers were 46 percent and 23 percent, respectively. This marks a major change from HomeGain’s first-quarter survey when 36 percent thought prices would remain flat and 11 percent thought prices would increase. The survey had 928 respondents.