Estate agents report busiest December for house hunters

HOUSING MARKET REPORT: The average number of house hunters registered per member branch was the highest December on record at 461, with the average supply of properties continuing to fall to an average of just 19, 42 per cent less than in December 2020.

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This makes the current levels of supply reported by Propertymark members the lowest on Propertymark’s records. 

Supply and demand

Despite members reporting a 33 per cent increase from December 2020, the number of sales agreed per member branch fell slightly from seven in November, to five in December 2021. 

Year-on-year, this figure is less than the number of sales agreed last year which stood at eight per member branch for December 2020. However, over the past five years, the figure is in line with the average number of sales agreed per branch for the month of December.

Property sales prices

During November, 38 per cent of the majority of homes sold by Propertymark agents went for over the asking price. However, in December, 50 per cent of homes sold for the original asking price. Year-on-year, this figure is still incredibly high – especially accounting for the usual December lull in house sales. For instance,  in December 2020, just 28 per cent of properties sold by members were agreed at asking price with 67 per cent agreeing sales under the asking price. 

First time buyers

Propertymark members reported the number of sales made to first time buyers falling to 14 per cent in December from November’s figure of 29 per cent.

Although December shows the usual festive lull compared with previous months, demand has still been incredibly high when compared against pre-pandemic data with more house hunters registered than in any other December. This could point to a busy January and a perfect time to sell your home if you’ve been thinking about it.
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Nathan Emerson CEO | Propertymark
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