A thriving market needs more properties to sell

Continuing on from last month's record increase in property prices, Rightmove has now identified further landmark results across the property market.

Unsurprisingly there was a further increase in property prices on average of 0.7% over the last month. This totals an overall average asking price rise of 6.7% over the first 6 months of the year.

Demand levels are still sky high. There has been a shortfall of 225,000 for sale houses identified by Rightmove. This shortfall has led to the continued increase in activity and prices. An influx of newly available property to this level would likely stem the run-away market. The concern however is that should a property be marketed and sold quickly where do these people move to with such low levels of availability. And so the cycle continues.

With June figures being collated as this is written there is expectation that the cut off of the upper level of stamp duty holiday will have led to the highest recorded number of property completions in a single month. Add this to the exceptional level of completions for the preceding 5 months and there is a thought that the first six months of the year will have seen the highest number of completions on record.

Rightmove estimates 800,000 property completions within the first 6 months of the year which beats the record set in 2007 when mortgage lending was significantly less stringent in its control.

Now is a great time to sell, with the market thriving. However, there needs to be more property brought to the market, with 85,000 fewer new listings across the first six months of the year, to allow the market to continue and service the levels of demand.

If you are thinking about marketing your property why not arrange a No Obligation market appraisal with one of our local experts, or enter your details into our free online valuation tool, for an immediate idea of what your property could be worth. 

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