Homes Are Selling Fast – How Many Viewings Do You Need?

The nature of buying and selling homes has changed of late. It is understandable that many people have been wary of visiting property for a viewing. Virtual viewings have changed the way buyers consider homes, and it might be that it is driving the fast-paced nature of the housing market.

At Williams of Petersfield, we know the market has shifted in recent times. We’ve seen this with our clients, and we’ve seen it with the latest studies.

Many prospective buyers cannot arrange viewings

U-See Homes asked buyers about failing to arrange a viewing before the home was sold, and these are the findings:

  • 51% of buyers said they experienced homes being sold before they made it to the viewing stage
  • 33% of respondents said this happened with at least one quarter of their scheduled viewing
  • 9% said they couldn’t view the property for around a quarter and half of their scheduled appointments
  • 9% said they couldn’t view the property on at least half of their scheduled appointments

It can be hard to arrange a second viewing

U-See Homes also asked buyers if they saw a property once but then didn’t manage to arrange a second viewing because the house was sold. These were the findings:

  • 38% of buyers said this was the case
  • 15% of respondents said it happened at least a quarter of the time before they arranged a second viewing
  • 48% of UK buyers said they would be happy to submit an offer after an initial viewing in person with a second viewing conducted virtually
  • 36% said a virtual tour would have helped them avoid unnecessary viewings
  • 16% of respondents said they would submit an offer on a property liked after a virtual viewing, and without having seen it in person

Simon Dempsey, head of marketing for U-See Homes, commented: “Homes are selling like hotcakes in the current market and if you’re lucky enough to reach the offers stage, the chances are you’ll have some tough competition from a number of other eager buyers. For over half of homebuyers, the initial task of getting a foot in the door is proving too large an obstacle and many are finding the properties they have scheduled to view are flying off the shelf before they’ve even had a chance to view them.”

Simon continued by saying; “Virtual viewings can be a vital resource in overcoming this current property market pitfall, allowing you to get a very good idea of a home before viewing, or as a follow up to an initial viewing to reconfirm your feelings. Doing so allows you to at least remove the need for an unnecessary additional viewing in person and if you do want to make an offer, it can mean getting in ahead of the rest.”

Simon concluded by saying; “Of course, while virtual viewings can streamline the process, you need to make it to that all-important physical viewing first which is also proving a tough ask. That said, 16% of buyers would be prepared to submit an offer without seeing the home in person first – and even we’re a little surprised by that.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Stay In Touch With Latest UK House Prices

It is fair to say there has been a lot ups and downs in the housing market of late. If you are struggling to keep up to date with everything that is happening in the market, we are here to assist you.

At Williams of Petersfield, we take immense pride and pleasure in supporting you, no matter what move you wish to make.

Are you up to date with the housing market?

According to the latest UK House Price Index figures from the ONS:

  • Average property prices rose by 13.2% over the year to June 2021
  • This is the highest annual growth rate recorded since November of 2003
  • Average property prices in June were up 9.8% from May 2021
  • The average house price in the UK reached £266,000 in June 2021, which is a record high
  • The June 2021 average house price in the UK is £31,000 higher than the June 2020 figure

Rise in average house prices across the UK

Breaking the average house prices increase by country sees:

  • English house prices rising by 13.3%
  • Welsh house prices rising by 16.7%
  • A 12% rise in Scottish house prices
  • A 9% rise in the price of property in the north of Ireland

What do industry experts say?

Sam Mitchell is the CEO of an online property market company and he said; “House prices continued on their upwards trajectory in June, with the latest ONS figures capturing the final frenzy amongst buyers and sellers before the stamp duty holiday scaled back. Despite the tax break now only being available to properties under £250,000, there are still other factors at play that will likely contribute to further house price increases in the months ahead. Historically low interest rates, an uplift in 95% mortgages and savings accumulated during lockdowns are all going to allow more people to enter the market.”

Sam Mitchell concluded by saying; “Let’s also not forget that the UK is still faced with a major supply and demand imbalance issue. A lack of new stock that fails to meet the demand we see today is enough on its own to push prices up. Particularly when we all appear to be looking for the same thing – a desire for more space, bigger gardens, and that now essential home office.”

Marc von Grundherr, is a well-respected analyst in the UK housing market, and he said; “Another behemoth level of house price growth both on a monthly and annual basis, no doubt influenced by the first of the staggered extensions to the stamp duty holiday as homebuyers purchasing above the £250,000 threshold continued to scramble to secure a saving before the clock expired.”

Marc von Grundherr concluded by saying; “The London market has seen a lesser degree of property market manipulation as a result of the stamp duty holiday. As a result, the capital continues to trail where property price appreciation is concerned but we’re seeing a far more stable market start to emerge and one that is showing greater long-term momentum as both domestic and foreign interest start to return. Sales are increasing, sellers are achieving a greater level of asking price than they were just a few months ago, and all of these indicators suggest a property market resurgence is stirring.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

There Is Confidence In The Property Market

These are challenging times in the housing market, but at Williams of Petersfield, we believe there is significant confidence in the property market. We see this when we speak with clients, and we see this in the major studies carried out in the housing market.

Market analysis carried out by the Building Societies Association (BSA) found:

  • 30% of respondents think this is a good time to buy property
  • This 30% is a drop from the 37% of respondents who said March was a good time to buy property, which is likely linked to the tapering off of the stamp duty holiday period, and the increase in property prices

What matters to home buyers?

The study spoke to people who are likely to move home or who will buy their first home in the next six months, and the following findings were made:

  • Location remains the leading priority for property buyers
  • 73% of respondents said obtaining more private outdoor space was vital, which represents a significant rise
  • 62% of respondents said moving away from built-up areas and being closer to nature was important
  • Finance was an important factor too, with many people looking to move to better manage their mortgage payments:
  • 51% of respondents cited reducing their mortgage payments as being a driving factor in switching
  • This represents a big increase over the 37% of respondents who cited this in December 2020
  • 59% of respondents said raising a deposit was likely to be the biggest barrier to them stepping on the property ladder
  • A lack of job security was cited by 48% of respondents, which is high, but less than the 68% cited by respondents in September 2020

Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage and Housing Policy at the BSA, said: “These latest results are an encouraging sign that the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are starting to fade for many, as confidence in the housing market remains strong. There’s no doubt that the government support measures introduced over the last 12 months, such as the Stamp Duty holiday, have been key drivers of the confidence we see. It does however appear that the market will remain buoyant as these incentives come to an end.”

Paul continued by saying; “Whilst the Nationwide Building Society House Price Index reports house price growth of over 11% in the last 12 months, and our research shows 50% of the public think further price rises are likely in the coming 12 months, it’s not surprising that raising a deposit has returned as the biggest challenge for those wanting to get on the property ladder. It’s therefore good to see that in addition to a number of societies supporting the government’s First Homes initiative, many have also re-introduced low deposit mortgages as part of their standard mortgage range.”

Paul Broadhead concluded by saying; “Amongst all the positive signs in the housing market, it’s important to note that almost half of the respondents have concerns about their job security. Whilst this is a declining trend, it remains clear that there are many people for whom the pandemic continues to have a negative financial impact and it’s important both for lenders and government to ensure that appropriate safety nets are available to give households the support they need when they need it”.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Why Are People Moving?

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we speak with many people engaging the housing market. We like to help people, and it is easier to help people when we know what they are looking for.

This is why we are always keen to speak with people and find out why they are moving. This information is invaluable, and it provides us with a great deal of help in assisting buyers and vendors.

We also pay attention to the latest studies in the industry. A lot of people have moved home recently, and there have been many influencing factors. If you want to be informed as to why people are moving home, contact Williams of Petersfield and we will be happy to help.

The pandemic has changed life for many people

GHD, a professional services company, carried out a survey and the findings shine a light on how many people are looking to move, related to the pandemic.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Up to 40% of respondents, in the UK, are at the very least considering moving home to a different location
  • Of respondents currently living in an urban area, 51% said they were looking to move
  • Of respondents currently living in a city centre location, 48% said they were keen to move
  • Of the respondents living in a suburban area, 34% have highlighted a desire to move
  • Of the respondents living in a rural area, 28% expressed a desire to move
  • 34% of respondents expect more remote working following the pandemic
  • Of this group, over half didn’t work from home before the pandemic started

The most commonly cited reasons to move include:

  • To have more space to allow easier remote working
  • To live in an aera which had cleaner air
  • To have better local access to nature

The survey showed people from the UK were more intent on moving than people living in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

The survey spoke more than 8,000 people in these countries, and over 1,000 respondents were based in the UK.

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GHD executive director Tim Mawhood spoke about the findings, saying; “At the beginning of 2021, some large cities experienced dips in population, demonstrating the extent to which changing work practices, and the prevalence of online shopping, are increasingly making location a choice for some, since proximity to workplaces and physical shops is now less of a consideration. Early signs already suggest that peri-urban areas are growing in popularity, as some turn their back on living in densely populated city centres in favour of local living. What is certain is that town and city leaders must ensure their regions have a long-term vision for living and operating sustainably in order to attract both businesses and residents.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

 

Interesting Times For First-Time Buyers

With the stamp duty holiday tailing off, there is a strong chance first-time buyers will come back to the market in larger numbers. At Williams of Petersfield, we have seen a drop-off in activity from first-time buyers, but we believe this is set to change soon.

This has been a challenging time for many buyers

Yopa commissioned Censuswide to speak to 2,000 people, all planning on buying their first house in the next year. The study found:

  • 70% of respondents have been furloughed at some point in the past year
  • One in six respondents have lost their job because of the pandemic
  • More than 50% of respondents have experienced a collapse of a property deal in the past year

Mike Scott, Chief Analyst at Yopa, says: “Delays in moving due to the recent situation are obviously going to exist. But the extent of the delay reported by potential first-time buyers suggests that there is still pent-up demand waiting for the restrictions to be eased further, for furloughs and job uncertainty to end, and for people to return to full-time work for full-time salaries.”

Other findings in the study include:

  • One in three homebuyers are happy to wait until the stamp duty holiday ends to be active in the market
  • 22% of respondents said the stamp duty holiday hasn’t impacted their plans

Mike Scott also said; “At Yopa we do not expect an immediate national fall in prices once the stamp duty holiday ends. We believe that the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions – combined with people’s reassessed post-pandemic housing needs, the ‘accidental savings’ that many have made over the past year and the desire for a post-pandemic fresh start – will keep house prices high for at least for the rest of this year. There may well be price decreases in some market sectors, such as inner-city flats, but these will be more than outweighed by price rises for property types that are in high demand for the post-pandemic lifestyle.”

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Some of the leading concerns cited by respondents include:

  • The size of deposit required to buy a home
  • A lack of suitable and affordable mortgage products
  • Additional criteria restrictions placed on attractive mortgages
  • One in five buyers plan on using the new Government backed mortgage guarantee scheme
  • 85% of first-time buyers plan on using some form of Government assistance to buy a home
  • 13% of respondents said commuter links are less important now than they were before the pandemic
  • 75% of respondents listed outside space and fast broadband as being of the utmost importance

Neil Weston, Principal of Scout Financial Services, Yopa’s mortgage broker partner, says: “In general, we expect prices will rise further rather than falling in the second half of this year after the main stamp duty holiday ends. Those first time buyers who are hoping for prices to fall after the holiday ends are likely to be disappointed and may end up paying even more.”

Neil concluded by saying; “80% of the first-time buyers Yopa surveyed said that they were priced out of the initial area they were hoping to buy in; alarmingly, even 77% of those with household incomes exceeding £75,000 said the same. If first-time buyers are still hoping to get on the property ladder in 2021, they should really be getting their ducks in a row now to avoid being further priced out later in the year.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Asking Prices Are Rising

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to keep you informed with every important aspect of the housing market. This is something we are proud of, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

We appreciate it has been a challenging time in the property market, and it has never been more important to make informed decisions. We are here to ensure you make informed decisions at all times.

Do you know how the Petersfield housing market is performing?

As of June 2021, Rightmove describes the Petersfield housing market as such;

Properties in Petersfield had an overall average price of £466,239 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Petersfield during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £649,979. Terraced properties sold for an average of £368,139, with semi-detached properties fetching £465,688.

Overall, sold prices in Petersfield over the last year were 5% up on the previous year and 7% up on the 2018 peak of £436,809.”

These prices are interesting, as is information which states asking prices have risen.

In the latest research published by Rightmove, asking prices have risen by close to £6,000 a month (on average) in the space of a month.

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Some of the key headlines from the data include:

  • There has been an increase of £5,767 in the average seller asking price
  • This represents a month-on-month increase of 1.8%
  • The May 2021 average asking price was £333,365, which is a new record
  • The April 2021 average asking price was £327,797
  • There is a growing supply-demand imbalance across the country, and in some areas, this has led to a double-digit price increase
  • Some of the areas with a double-digit increase include Wales with a 13% rise, the North West, with an increase of 11.1% and Yorkshire and the Humber, which rose by 10.5%
  • In London, the average rate of price increase since pre-lockdown is 0.2%
  • On average, London property prices are 2.9 times higher than in the northern areas of Great Britain

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property data, commented: “Last year’s unexpected mini-boom is rolling on into 2021, with new price and market activity records again defying many predictions. Buyer affordability is increasingly stretched, but there’s obviously some elasticity left to stretch a bit more as many buyers are squeezing their way into higher price bands. This high demand, with both willingness and ability to pay more, has pushed the average price of property coming to market to a new all-time high of a third of a million pounds. In another twist, it is the regions of Britain further north that are leading the way, with some degree of catching up between average prices in London and the north.”

Tim Bannister continued by saying; “While the gap remains very large, with average prices in London still 2.9 times higher than those in the north, this ratio is now at its smallest since 2013. The pandemic has given a greater focus on the home, and in 2020 we saw a surge in southern coastal and rural areas. So far 2021 is proving to be the year of the northern mover, not only satisfying their pent-up housing needs, but in doing so also narrowing some of the huge price gap with London.”

Tim Bannister also said; “Family homes with three bedrooms or more are like gold dust in many areas of the country, especially in parts of the north. For example, compared to the same period in 2019 agents in the North East have 59% less available stock for sale in the ‘second-stepper’ sector made up predominantly of three-bedroom homes, while Scotland is 65% down in the “top of the ladder” four bedroom or more sector. In contrast, London’s available stock is down 20% and 24% respectively in these sectors, so while supply is still limited it is more closely matched to demand.”

Research undertaken by Rightmove amongst people looking to sell their home in the next month found an average of 84% of people in the north are keen to move locally, while only 52% of prospective London movers want to move locally.

Tim Bannister concluded by saying; “Another important factor driving the higher demand and quicker average time to sell in the north is that more of their sellers are intending to buy and stay local, whereas many Londoners are looking to move out. The pandemic has changed many aspects of what people want from their homes, and the pricing pendulum is swinging away from London towards the north.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Will Downsizing Impact All Buyers And Vendors?

When it comes to looking at the housing market, it is natural people only pay attention to the issues that they think impact them.

Property news about locations where they don’t wish to live or buy a home carries no relevance to them. Similarly, property news regarding property types or sizes that don’t interest will be unimportant to them.

However, the way the property market is connected might mean these matters have a bigger influence on your attempts to move than you think.

You might not think downsizing is relevant for your next move. It could be you think downsizing is only for elderly people looking to buy a more manageable home, or people looking to move to a more affordable property.

These circumstances are common, but there is also connectivity to other buyers and vendors.

If you are looking to buy a larger home, your ideal house might be one placed onto the market by a downsizing household.

If you are looking to sell your home as you move to a larger property, the ideal buyer for your current property might be someone who is downsizing to your current size.

Therefore, downsizing is a key issue in the housing market, and at Williams of Petersfield, we will keep you informed with what is happening right now.

A study by Audley Group indicates a growing number of older homeowners are considering downsizing sooner than they intended to. Admittedly, this research has been carried out by a retirement homes developer, so there is a likely bias to their findings.

The survey of people aged 55 or older found:

  • 34% of respondents wished to live in a better area
  • 29% of respondents wanted to live closer to their family and friends

There is growing demand for retirement property

According to the Associated Retirement Community Operators, again a body who have a vested interest in the market, suggests 85% of retirement property providers experienced an increase in sales and lettings in autumn 2020 compared to the previous year.

The same study also provided the following returns:

  • Higher sales and lettings in 2020 compared to 2019 were stated by 30% of respondents
  • 25% of respondents said they saw sales and lettings at least 50% higher in this field

Rightmove information also suggests a movement in this manner

While there has been considerable focus on larger homes, Rightmove information suggests bungalows have been in significant demand. Their findings suggest:

  • The number of properties sold in 2020 was 7% higher than for 2019
  • There was a shortage of bungalows listed for sale, falling 10% on the 2019 figures
  • By comparison, the drop for houses was only 3% in this time period
  • The average asking price for property rose by 4% to £317,583

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Petersfield Property Market – A 2021 Snapshot

It is fair to say 2020 was a year like no other, and many of us would have been delighted to have seen the back of it.

However, the start of a New Year is a good time to take stock, reflect on what has happened, and make changes for the year which lies ahead. If you are looking to make the most of 2021 in the housing market, we are here to assist you.

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we have helped many local buyers and vendors in and around Petersfield. If you are looking for help, or you are keen to make a move, get in touch.

We know the Petersfield market well, and we follow information and news from the leading property portals.

As of the end of December 2020, Rightmove said the following regarding the Petersfield housing market.

Properties in Petersfield had an overall average price of £407,495 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Petersfield during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £347,133. Detached properties sold for an average of £634,330, with flats fetching £220,618.

Overall, sold prices in Petersfield over the last year were 9% down on the previous year and 3% down on the 2017 peak of £420,155.”

At the end of December 2020, Rightmove had a total of 95 properties listed for sale in Petersfield.

Of the 95 listed properties in Petersfield, 16 are listed as detached properties, while 8 are classed as semi-detached property.

Flats are the most common property for sale in Petersfield

There is a moderate increase when it comes to terraced properties, with 19 terraced properties listed for sale in and around Petersfield according to Rightmove near the end of December.

Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the most popular form of property listed for sale in Petersfield is flats. There are 43 flats listed for sale in the local area. There were six bungalows listed for sale in Petersfield at this point.

Garden space and parking spots are in high demand

The most popular search term used by property buyers in 2020, according to Zoopla, was gardens. Parking was also another common search term, with garage space rounding out the top three terms.

If you are looking for these features in a property, you will be pleased to know they are available in abundance in and around Petersfield.

Of the 95 listed properties in Petersfield, 63 have been listed has having a garden.

If you are looking for property with a dedicated parking space, there are 77 listings with parking for property in Petersfield.

A total of 55 properties for sale in Petersfield are listed as offering a garden and parking space.

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Buyer Search Changes In 2020

It is fair to say 2020 was a year like no other, and this was reflected in the housing market.

The end of the year was a strong time for the property market, but there was also a period earlier in the year when the market was placed on hold. So, there were a lot of ups and downs.

There was also a lot of fresh challenges, which changed the way people evaluate what is important to them. The lockdown periods saw many people spend a lot more time at home, and this has resulted in a shift in what prospective house buyers deem important in a property.

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Information provided by Good Move offers insight into what buyers were looking for, and how this differs from previous years.

The searches which experienced the highest growth compared to the previous year are as follows:

  • Apartment with balcony (147%)
  • Apartment with hot tub (139%)
  • House with tennis court (127%)
  • House with swimming pool (109%)
  • House with driveway (107%)

The rise in searches for a balcony shows how important fresh air and privacy are for people!

Functional searches matter in the new normal

Other increases worth paying attention to are functional searches. There was a 106% increase in searches for a driveway, a 101% increase with respect to conservatories and there was a 77% increase in searches for a double garage.

Where were people searching for homes?

There was a lot made of people leaving London, and we have experienced an uplift in demand for homes in and around Petersfield.

The following list shows some of the most notable uplifts in property searches:

  • A 73% increase in searches for houses for sale in Buckinghamshire
  • There was a 72% rise in searches for houses for sale in Berkshire
  • West Yorkshire experienced a 69% increase in house searches
  • There was a 61% rise in searches for homes in Hertfordshire
  • Surrey experienced a 59% rise in searches for houses for sale

Nima Ghasri, Director at Good Move, comments: “Against all odds, this year has positively impacted the UK housing market and completely transformed the way buyers and sellers look at properties. More and more people are moving away from flats and apartments and into homes with outdoor space, and we’ve also seen many people looking to move away from cities into more rural areas.”

Nima Ghasri also said; “As we approach the New Year, we wanted to look back on the year in property search and reveal what potential buyers were actually looking for this year. It’s interesting to see that they have been searching for more luxurious features such as a swimming pool and tennis court, no doubt due to the increase of time spent at home and leisure facilities closing due to the pandemic. It’s also fascinating to see the areas where people are searching for properties the most, with South-East and Northern England the two hotspots. As we move into 2021, we look forward to seeing how the property market adapts to buyer’s needs.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

Technology Is Vital For Property Market

It is crucial we all follow guidance and advice in dealing with the Coronavirus situation. There is information provided by the Government for the housing market, and rest assured, the team at Williams of Petersfield are following this guidance and making sure we provide all our clients with the best standard of service. Continue reading “Technology Is Vital For Property Market”

Is Confidence Back In The Property Market?

Confidence can make a massive difference in the property market, and it is easy to see why so many people want to feel more optimistic about the market this year. Information provided by NAEA Propertymark isn’t going to dampen enthusiasm, and it is easy to see why many people feel 2020 could be the year when things improve with buying and selling homes.

A lot of the optimism stems from the organisation stating the number of prospective buyers, and the number of agreed sales, increased in December 2019, compared to December 2018.

The year on year sales agreed per member branch stood at five in December 2017 and 2018, but in December 2019, the number have increased to six agreed sales per branch. This may not seem like much, but any step forward is to be celebrated, and there are many reasons why December is a slower month in the market.

Of course, the General Election of 2019, and the convincing margin of victory for the Conservative Party means December 2019 wasn’t a standard month or a typical December.

Sales to first-time buyers increased

The presence of first-time buyers is crucial, because this is the largest group of buyers in the property market. The number of sales made to first-time buyers in December 2019 increased marginally from November 2019. The figures moved from 28% to 29%. However, the year-on-year figures showed a notable increase of 5%. The December 2018 figures stood at 24%.

There was a fall in house hunters registering with estate agents

One area where there was a slight hit in the market was the number of house hunters registered per branch. In November 2019, this stood at 332, but in December of 2019, this had fallen to 313. This is the lowest figure since July 2019, when there were 305 house-hunters per branch. However, there was an increase in the year-on-year figures, which stood at 304 potential buyers per branch in December 2018.

More homes were supplied to the market

In November 2019, there were 39 homes supplied to the market per branch, and by December 2019, this increase to 41. This is the highest figure since August 2019, when there were 44 houses per branch on the market. There was a slight dip in the year-on-year figures, moving from 42 in December 2018.

Mark Hayward is the Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark and he said; “After a period of suppressed market activity due to Brexit and political uncertainty, the clear outcome of the General Election in December has injected some much-needed confidence into the market.”

Mark continued by saying; “Despite it typically being a quieter time of the year seasonally, our figures have shown positive trends with both demand and the number of sales being high in comparison to previous years, as both buyers and sellers no longer hold off on their plans. This is an encouraging close to the year and we hope to see more of this stability in 2020.”

If you plan on making a move in or around Petersfield this year, contact Williams of Petersfield, and we will be happy to help.