No sign from agents that the good times have yet ended

HOUSING REPORT: Despite recent murmurings of an impending slowdown in the property market, figures our agents reported for May appear to show the buoyant market continues. Perhaps as a result, lengthy waiting times from offer to exchange remain.

No sign of large increases in supply

The average number of properties for sale per member branch in May was 22—in line with the average of the previous three months. Numbers remain low compared to the pre-pandemic average for May of 50 (based on 2010–2019 figures).

Demand from house hunters

Competition for properties remains high

Competition remained high in May with 78 per cent of respondents telling us that most sales were agreed at or above the original asking price. The average number of new potential buyers registering at each member branch remained high at 90.

Despite a continued rise in the cost of living, interest rate rises, and the average price of a home in the UK falling just shy of £300,000, agents continue to report a strong, stable market.

Due to other potential interest rate rises in the future, buyers are snapping up properties quickly and taking advantage of current mortgage rates. We expect these pressures to start to slow the housing market down but there are no signs of that happening any time soon.

Nathan Emerson CEO | Propertymark
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