Real estate agent Foxtons said today its 2020 sales pipeline was stronger than last year's.

It also said it was prepared for further challenges in the UK property market during the Brexit transition period. 

London's long-bullish property market has been sluggish in many areas over the past year, as uncertainty regarding Britain's decision to leave the European Union has put off consumer spending. 

However, the housing market showed signs of a modest pick up in January after the decisive December election. 

"Our sales pipeline is currently ahead of last year, however we are well prepared for further challenging conditions in the sales market in the run up to Brexit," Foxtons' chief executive Nic Budden said. 

The company reported a 30% plunge in adjusted core profit for 2019 as Britons bought and sold fewer homes and as its letting business was hurt by a ban on tenant fees. 

Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, on a pre-IFRS 16 basis, fell to £2.5m in 2019, from £3.6m a year earlier.

"Selling or finding a property is more challenging than ever before, whilst landlords are facing increasing legal risks through tighter regulation," said Budden.