Prime London activity rises

Property instructions in Prime London rose by 68% year-on-year in October, suggesting there will be more completions in the months ahead.

The analysis, from LonRes, also found that transaction levels crept by 4% annually in October, with 25% more houses being sold.

Marcus Dixon, head of research at LonRes, said: “As England enters its second, hopefully short-lived lockdown, the property market has been spared any significant restrictions. Indeed, viewings, negotiations and progression of property transactions are one of the few things which can continue under current rules.

“Nationally agents are reporting significant increases in sales, and while activity levels across prime London are more subdued, they are starting to translate into in sales (exchanges). That said, buyers remain cautious, with prices at or slightly below levels seen a year ago.

“Like those moving out of the capital, it’s space that buyers across prime London are looking for. More expensive homes, particularly family houses, are in demand and have seen the strongest growth – both in terms of achieved prices and volumes sold.”

While the jump in instructions is significant, last year was a particularly slow year for Prime London. Indeed, instructions are 37% higher than the 5-year average.