This increase from February's 24.8 per cent supports the claim that the Bank of England's three increases in the base rate to 5.25 per cent in January have had little impact on the property sector.
"The housing market has absorbed the initial interest rate barrage, but history tells us that further rate rises could knock confidence and activity significantly later in the year," Rics spokesperson Jeremy Leaf commented.
He said that strong demand within the housing market offset concerns about harder mortgage repayment, meaning that "prices are unlikely to fall in the short term".
Reflecting the residential property market's position at the higher end of affordability constraints for first-time buyers, Rics' survey showed new-buyer enquiries falling for the fourth consecutive month.
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