Housing Insight Reports

Our Housing Insight Report takes a monthly look at the trends affecting the UK housing market. We gather the statistics by surveying estate and letting agents who are members of NAEA Propertymark and ARLA Propertymark.

The report utilises the data we gather to provide a more thorough analysis for the property sector. Scroll down to find the latest reports or use the report archive to review older data. 

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04 Jun 2024
Housing Insight Report: April 2024

The residential sales sector has seen an early flurry of activity in April with prospective buyer registrations, new sales instructions, and the number of sales agreed all increasing. In the residential lettings sector, our members report an increase in the number of prospective tenant registrations. However, while stock levels have increased slightly, demand continues to outstrip supply.

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02 May 2024
Housing Insight Report: March 2024

Demand increased within the residential sales sector, with the number of buyers registered and the number of viewings per property both increasing. In the residential lettings sector, tenant demand decreased, and stock levels increased marginally. However, legislative change including the Renters (Reform) Bill and Housing (Scotland) Bill, continues to dominate the wider discourse.

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03 Apr 2024
Housing Insight Report: February 2024

In the residential sales sector, demand has temporarily slowed following the January post-Christmas bounce. Rents continue to fluctuate by location and property type, although there are some signs of stabilisation. As we progress into March and beyond, the re-establishment of seasonal trends should result in positive progress in both the sales and lettings sectors.

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28 Feb 2024
Housing Insight Report: January 2024

The new year has arrived and those who had delayed moving at the end of last year have returned to the market on mass. However, there has been little change in the economic environment that households must contend with. Interest rates are stable but are higher than those seeking mortgages or re-mortgages would prefer and inflation remains some way off UK Government targets.

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25 Jan 2024
Housing Insight Report: December 2023

December marks the end of an interesting and challenging year within the property market. In the wider economy interest rates have stabilised, however, inflationary concerns remain, and GDP growth has been anaemic. In response to these and other factors, house prices have fallen in some areas. In the PRS, tinkering by the UK and devolved governments and continued strong demand has caused rents to rise.

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29 Dec 2023
Housing Insight Report: November 2023

Economic uncertainty continues to pervade the UK economy and housing markets. In the residential sales sector, seasonal trends are undoubtedly weighing on market performance. In the lettings sector, supply and demand remain relatively static, but imbalanced with the equivalent of nine new applicants registered for each available property.

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01 Dec 2023
Housing Insight Report: October 2023

The Autumn statement had an upbeat feel and yielded some positive news for the housing industry. However, this is no time to celebrate while the cost-of-living crisis continues to limp on. In the letting sector, the number of new prospective tenants registered per member branch has decreased month on month since July 2023.

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24 Oct 2023
Housing Insight Report: September 2023

There has been a slight reduction in available properties for sale and this reflects ongoing market uncertainty. More concerningly, the vast majority of properties continue to sell below asking price pointing to a pricing correction despite average house prices continuing to rise. Governments across the UK continue to tinker with legislation and legislative programs, disincentivising landlords along the way. Supply in the PRS remains tight with far more applicant registrations than properties available.

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25 Sep 2023
Housing Insight Report: August 2023

There has been little urgency from governments across the UK to address the supply and demand issue by incentivising investment for landlords. The sales market is strong as we see a 29% rise in the number of new properties for sale when compared with last month.

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18 Aug 2023
Housing Insight Report: July 2023

As the number of viewings and valuations drop, this report indicates a shift to only the more serious homebuyers and sellers remaining proactive in the sales market. In the lettings market, we continue to see an alarming disparity in the number of homes available to rent when compared with growing demand from prospective tenants.

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17 Jul 2023
Housing Insight Report: June 2023

Despite disappointing national economic news, the number of valuations for sale conducted per branch has remained steady. The number of properties available to rent is 19 per cent lower than last year, while the number of new prospective tenants registering per member branch is up 27 per cent. This worrying mismatch between supply and demand continues to put pressure on rents.

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03 Jul 2023
Housing Insight Report: May 2023

Despite the current economic conditions, it is reassuring to see that the number of new prospective buyers coming to the market is only four per cent lower than last year when the sales market was in a frenzy. In terms of lettings, a worrying mismatch is continuing in supply and demand levels.

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22 May 2023
Housing Insight Report: April 2023

The fall in demand from buyers has allowed the number of homes available for sale to recover some. But we are seeing a steady level of transactions happening which is good news for the market and the wider economy. In the rental market, we are still seeing the demand for property grow but no increase in homes.

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17 Apr 2023
Housing Insight Report: March 2023

With the number of sales and appraisals month on month remaining healthy, a strong appetite continues within the sales market. In the lettings sector, the issue of undersupply remains with no movement seen in the number of properties available to rent. This translates to an average of 10 prospective tenants registering per available property.

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20 Mar 2023
Spring is in the air

There has been a lot of doomy whispers about the housing market since last Autumn, but the activity being seen by Propertymark agents paints a robust picture. Transaction levels year on year have been stable and listings of new properties coming to the market have also been steady. The lettings market remains very much out of balance with an average of ten registered applicants per property.

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16 Feb 2023
January sees market uptick

The average number of new prospective buyers registered per member branch rose from 39 in December to 70 in January. This jump in demand is a regular seasonal trend and suggests buyers have been waiting in the wings to start the hunt for their ideal home in the New Year.

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14 Dec 2022
Savvy buyers snap up a Christmas bargain

The sales market is firmly back in the hands of buyers who have been on the back foot for 18 months. As for lettings, we are starting to seeing a decrease in demand, the knock on effect is that less agents are seeing rent rises.

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16 Nov 2022
Market softens following economic and political turmoil

Our figures indicate that we are on the cusp of seeing the sales market hand back purchasing power to buyers which is a trend we haven’t seen in months. As for lettings, we are seeing a slight decrease in the number of prospective tenants registered per branch as due to the ongoing lack of supply.

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19 Oct 2022
Homes for sale increase by 50 per cent

The sales market is continuing to rebalance after the intense demand of the past two years. The rental market continues to be fueled by high demand and low supply. The number of our agents reporting rent increases is down but the UK-wide reform of this part of the market is continuing to affect the sentiment of landlords.

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27 Sep 2022
Market still underpinned by high demand

The number of available properties per member branch has risen by 47 per cent since the depths of winter last year. Whilst on the letting's side, the number of new tenants registered on average (per member branch) reached a new peak at 141 in August.

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