The decline in house prices has slowed as the average cost has risen for the first time in six months, according to a report.
The average property price in January was £141,866, up £1,028 from the previous month but still down from £145,880 in January 2012.
Low savings and fewer successful mortgage applications contributed to the decline in the market over the last year, the latest Scotland House Price Index by LSL Property Services shows.
Gordon Fowlis, regional managing director of Your Move, an estate agency chain which is part of LSL, said: "Six consecutive months of falling house prices in the second half of 2012 threatened to drag the Scottish housing market back into the depths it fell to after the 2008 financial crisis.
"Prices have fallen over £4,000 in the last year - and by much more if you take inflation into account. Thankfully, a £1,000 rise in prices during January has put the brakes on the slide, at least for now. The crux of the problem is weak mortgage lending. Demand for mortgages is falling and the supply of them remains painfully tight.
"Personal finances have been eroded by inflation and savings are crumbling away like weathered rock. Second steppers, in particular, are content to sit tight and wait until the market begins to recover. On top of that, criteria on mortgages are strict, which is slamming the door on lots of would-be buyers.
"Although the Funding for Lending scheme has helped reduce rates and encouraged banks to introduce a wider range of mortgages, borrowers still have to cross a high threshold in order to access them."
Despite the average fall in house prices over the last year, some areas have bucked the trend. Prices in the Outer Hebrides rose by 6.8% to £102,575 and in Moray by 5.3% to £137,677. North Ayrshire experienced the biggest decline in prices as they fell by 12.9% over the year to £100,291, followed by West Dunbartonshire by more than 12% to £103,683.
Edinburgh remains the most expensive place to buy property despite a fall of 0.8% over the year to £207,280. East Renfrewshire is now the second most expensive area as prices increased by 1.9% from January 2012 to £198,443.
The latest figures differ from a recent Registers of Scotland (RoS) report which showed a fall of 6% in house prices to January, but the LSL report factors in yearly trends.