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Return of sellers boosts property market confidence in UK, it is claimed

The average number of properties for sale per branch increased from 68 in May to 74 in June. This is the highest figure since April 2009, which saw an average of 76 homes for sale per branch.

The number of sales agreed also increased, from an average of eight per branch to nine. This suggests that the increase in sellers reflected confidence in the market rather than a glut of unsold properties, said the NAEA.

The report also shows that the percentage of sales to first time buyers decreased slightly from 24% in May to 20% in June.

‘The leap in available housing stock suggests increased confidence amongst sellers. They think there is a much better chance that their home will sell. For house hunters, this is welcome news as it offers a wider choice of properties to pick from,’ said NAEA Wendy Evans-Scott.

‘However, efforts are still required to assist those looking to get onto the housing ladder if we are to see buyer activity match that on the sale side,’ she added.

During June, the number of house hunters entering the market dropped for a third consecutive month. In June 263 people registered per branch, compared with 275 in May, a decrease of 4%.

Meanwhile, the latest index from FindaProperty shows that optimism is returning to the UK real estate market with asking prices of properties that came onto the market in June 8.9% higher than those already for sale.

The average asking price for properties new on the market was £240,019 and there has also been strong growth in houses with five or more bedrooms which are selling at their fastest rate since June 2008, it also says.

The index, based on data from over 400,000 homes across the country, shows average asking prices dropped fractionally by 0.1% in June to £221,110, from £221,237 in May.

However, while asking prices remained broadly static across the board, the market for larger properties showed increased strength as the length of time five plus bedroom properties stay on the market fell by 10% compared with May.

Additionally, while the average asking price remained largely unchanged through the month, new properties coming to the market had a significantly 8.6% higher typical asking price of £240,019, suggesting an upturn in confidence amongst sellers. believes the high demand for larger family homes demonstrates the current strength of the home movers market, that is those who do not face the challenges facing first time buyers, and are benefiting from continuing record-low interest rates. The data also suggests that there is increasing demand for these types of properties, relative to supply.

‘People who decided to put their homes on the market in June asked for an average 8.9% more than those whose homes were already on the market, which shows a promising level of optimism is returning to the sellers’ market,’ said Samantha Baden, property analyst.

‘From a buyers’ perspective, we are seeing strong sales performance for larger family homes, with five plus bedroom properties selling 10% faster on average than last month,’ she explained.

‘This activity at the top end of the market is caused by ever increasing demand for a limited number of large family homes. This is being fuelled by access to affordable mortgage rates for those who have demonstrated they can handle them responsibly and are able to contribute their own capital,’ she added.