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A New Edition Of Life Magazine Is Now Available

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Our 2024 Edition 2 has blossomed into existence, bringing you a bouquet of fresh ideas this spring. Inside, you’ll uncover practical property tips (ever considered adding an annexe?), ingenious room design hacks for maximising small spaces, and the latest trends in interior decor to elevate your living space. Let our travel tips whisk you away to dreamy destinations, and tantalise your taste buds with mouth-watering recipes.
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A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (March 2024)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, providing valuable insights into the current state of the housing market nationwide.

This blog post is bought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in Wimbledon and South West London. He actively contributes his comments to the monthly survey for the London region.

KEY OUT TAKES FROM THE FULL RICS RESIDENTIAL MARKET SURVEY FOLLOWING END OF MARCH RESULTS 2024

Residential Sales Market Insights

House prices

Current housing stock levels have shown very little signs of improving just yet, ย when we had anticipated it would have been better earlier this year. As we move into the late spring market the position will now remain static for the coming months while vendors take more time in making up their minds whether to sell, while at the same time purchasers remain frustrated that the choice of houses within their price brackets remain limited. Buyer confidence has returned in greater numbers only the subdued uncertainty within the mortgage markets, do we see this confidence being questioned.

Overall, a house is a home, long-term objectives remain first and foremost in the minds of both buyers and sellers. Hopefully the late spring and warmer weather will help improve mindsets and unlock those difficult decisions that have held us back in making.

New instructions

March saw a sluggish increase in new property listings, (some properties returning to the market having been withdrawn late last year make up the numbers) in an attempt to achieve their prices. The result is that new buyers are entering the market for the first time and this has helped swell viewings numbers. A late spring market listing will help promote the qualities most properties offer this time of year.

New buyer enquiries

Buyer registrations are rising compared to the same period in the previous year, particularly here in London. However, asking price increases are not being observed by most buyers as the number of viewings to offers remains around one offer in ten viewings, with stamp duty costs being the principal consideration when making offers.

Agreed salesโ€จ

There’s an increase, the lower sector of the market picked up earlier this year and has help second-time and third-time buyers to move on as well. Chain sales do provide their own challenges.

Lettings market insights

โ€จTenant demand is seasonal and currently ambitious quoted rents are not attracting tenants unless the condition of the property is first class. Anything less is telling landlords that there is a growing resistance to increased rents.

However, despite these challenges, demand for rental properties remains strong, showcasing market resilience.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read more 2023/2024 reports here:ย https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market.ย Find the right team for your needs here.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (February 2024)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, providing valuable insights into the current state of the housing market nationwide.

This blog post is bought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in South West London ย He actively contributes his comments to the monthly survey for the London region.

KEY OUTTAKES FROM THE FULL RICS RESIDENTIAL MARKET SURVEY FOLLOWING END OF FEBRUARY RESULTS 2024

Residential Sales Market Insights

House prices are they going up or down?

The number of residential transactions has substantially increased since the start of the year although no signs of any price increases yet. Indications are that values have stabilised particularly noticeable in the outer suburbs of London. There remains cautious optimism. Falling mortgage rates and a realignment of buyer-seller expectations has contributed to increased market activity.

New instructions

Some vendors seeking to sell have been cautious in not exposing their properties to the market too soon. The process from thinking to sell and placing their property onto the market is a time consuming emotional wrench for most would be sellers. Itโ€™s a hand holding exercise for most of us agents when dealing with clients yet to make up their minds.

There’s been a noticeable surge in the number of appraisals giving more confidence to vendors in knowing that buyer registrations remain higher than this period last year. As a rule, spring instructions most often lead to more offers.

New buyer enquiries

However, despite this increased activity, there hasn’t been a corresponding rise in property values. New listings and buyer enquiries generate the most viewings during the first 3 weeks of coming to the market. Properties that linger on the market longer do often struggle as ambitious asking prices discourage potential purchasers in putting forward offers. Buyer registrations have increased with a number having increased their budgets, unable to find the right property.

Agreed sales

A significant increase in sales has occurredย  since the start of the year driven by more affordable mortgage offers especially in lower price regions ( ยฃ500k -ยฃ1m) with a natural flow into the middle sectors (ยฃ1.5m-ยฃ3.5m). This also suggests a growing number of buyers now consider that the cost ofย  stamp duty has aligned itself to vendors expectations.

Lettings market insights

Tenant demand that had seen a modest rise, over the previous quarter but has now subsided as tenants demand better amenities before paying asking rents. Meanwhile, the decline in the number of new landlords entering the market for the first time is beginning to turn as lower interest rates is attracting more interest from this sector. The stock market remains its main competitor.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read more 2023/2024 reports here:ย https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market.ย Find the right team for your needs here.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (January 2024)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, providing valuable insights into the current state of the housing market nationwide.

This blog post is bought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in Wimbledon Village. He actively contributes his comments to the monthly survey for the London region.

KEY OUTTAKES FROM THE FULL RICS RESIDENTIAL MARKET SURVEY FOLLOWING END OF JANUARY RESULTS 2024

ย Residential Sales Market Insights

House prices
House demand has improved this year although, no real sign of any uplift in price growth yet.ย  ย London exhibited a more stable trend where reductions in asking prices brought about an increased number of viewings and in some quarters helped improve the selling price. Buyers are out there but agents flying a kite to test market appetite is less appealing resulting in fewer inspections.

There’s a notable resurgence of confidence as sensible pricing will attract buyers enabling sellers to move on. The economic cycle and stubborn inflation rate is partly offset with reduced mortgage rates. Key contributors to this uncertain market is that there are more buyers in the market prepared to wait suggesting that the market will start to gather momentum when the opportunity arise.

New instructions
Activity levels have started off strong surpassing expectations due to price reductions and heightened competition among buyers. New listings and buyer enquiries generate the most viewings, particularly during the first 2 weeks of listing. A rebound occurs when fewer offers are received and that is the time to communicate between parties to help bridge the price gap. Properties that linger on the market longer will struggle.

New buyer enquiries
There is a notable surge in buyer demand, fuelled by favourable mortgage rates.

Agreed Sales
The agreed sales indicator saw an improvement in January, with a net balance reading of +5% compared to the previous month. There is also optimism with expectations of increased sales activity over the next three months. .This positive trend will only slow ifย  confidence in our commercial markets start to fall away. Vendors be prepared to deal with property enquires before putting your property on to the market as delays in dealing with enquires before contract is prolonging the time it takes to exchange contracts. Along with searches the average time in selling is now beyond 20 weeks.

Lettings Market Insights
Tenant demand increased again in the last three months, however there’s a decline in new landlord instructions as landlords explore sales over rental. An imbalance between supply and demand is still expected to drive rental prices up over the coming months.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read more 2023/2024 reports here:ย https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market.ย Find the right team for your needs here.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (November 2023)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, shedding light on the current state of the housing market across the UK.

This blog post is brought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in Wimbledon Village. He actively contributes hiscomments to the monthly survey for the London region.

KEY OUTTAKES FROM THE FULL RICS RESIDENTIAL MARKET SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER

The latest insights from the November 2023 RICS UK Residential Survey suggest a positively optimistic outlook, supported by a slight easing in mortgage rates.

Sales Market Highlights

New Buyer Enquiries

Positive feedback on new buyer enquiries has been observed across all UK regions, and locally in London, best-in-class properties are still selling well, due to competitive mortgage rates heading below 5%. The net balance for new buyer enquiries in November stood at -14%, this figure is the least negative since April 2022 indicating a potential uplift.

Agreed Sales

The national net balance for agreed sales improved by 12%, signalling an increase in the volume of sales. The average time to finalise a sale has also improved slightly due in part due to an improvement in efficiency.

New Instructions

The flow of new instructions onto the market has remained low in both October and November. Respondents report that the number of market appraisals is still below the levels seen twelve months ago. In London, although experiencing a slowdown in transactions due to a lack of stock, there is a sense of encouragement among both buyers and vendors.

House Prices

The survey’s indicator of house price trends posted a net balance of -43% in November. While still demonstrating a downward trend, this figure represents an improvement from -61%, suggesting a moderation in the pace of house price declines, particularly in several UK regions.

Lettings Market Insights

Tenant Demand

Tenant demand remains positive, although slightly easing compared to previous quarters, this is a seasonal change for this time of year.

Landlord Instructions

Landlord instructions remain on a decline, posting a net balance of -18% in November. Despite this and the modest dip in tenant demand, the lettings market maintains resilient, with projected rental price growth, indicating an ongoing demand-supply dynamic.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read more 2023 reports here:ย https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (October 2023)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, shedding light on the current state of the housing market across the UK.

This blog post is brought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in Wimbledon Village. He actively contributes his comments to the monthly survey for the London region.

KEY OUTTAKES FROM THE FULL RICS RESIDENTIAL MARKET SURVEY FOR OCTOBER;ย 

Residential Sales Market Insights

Buyer Demand
Despite challenging market conditions, there’s an improvement in new buyer inquiries, This indicates a more optimistic outlook compared to previous months.

Agreed Sales
While the net balance for agreed sales in October still reflects a challenging market (-25%) compared to this time last year, there’s a positive shift from figures recorded in August and September. What is evident is the timeline from agreed sales to legal completion, this has moved out from an average of 13 weeks to over 20 weeks. ย A cautious outlook for the remainder of 2023 and early 2024 remains on the cards as the cost of living continues to rise.

New Instructions
The flow of new instructions has begun to slow, as new year aspirations by vendors for a better market takes hold. However, with buyer demand still evident new stock coming to the market now will result in a flow of viewings if valued correctly.

House Prices
In October, the headline indicator on house price trends posted a net balance ofย -63%, when viewed across the country. Locally a much better picture emerges showing an improvement from previous months indicating between -5 to -10% is the achievement rate when set against current asking prices.

Lettings Market Insights

In the lettings market, tenant demand remains positive, although there’s a slight easing in demand compared to previous quarters. Landlord instructions have declined as rental levels have peaked contributing to a further reduction in listings, due to in part of landlords placing their properties on the market for sale instead.

In conclusion the lettings market has become a positive and safe investment over the years and this will remain to be the case for years to come providing interest rates remain no higher than their current level, this is underpinned by the build to rent market having stalled.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read more 2023 reports here:ย https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market. Find the right team for your needs here.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

Discover the latest edition of our Life Magazine โ€“ Now available Online and in Print!

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Our exclusive autumn edition of our Life Magazine is here, filled with tips to create a cosy home with inspiring home design trends, creating the perfect childโ€™s bedroom, expert tips for buying and selling properties, travel inspiration, local homes, and much much more.
You can view it online hereย or pick up a fresh copy in our Wimbledon Village office.
Stay informed and get inspired by our latest edition today!
Looking to sell a property? We are a proud member of The Guild of Property Professionals, a unique network of 800+ Independent Estate Agents across the UK – We can promote your property far and wide thanks to our nationwide connections.
If youโ€™d like to speak to a property expert, give us a call on 020 8971 6780 for a quick chat or click here for a complementary Property Valuation.

A quick look at the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey (August 2023)

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Every month the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) releases its UK Residential Market Survey, shedding light on the current state of the housing market across the UK.

This blog post is brought to you by our Chairman & Managing Director, John King, FRICS, who offers valuable insights from his experience here at andrew scott robertson in Wimbledon Village. He actively contributes his comments to the monthly survey for the London region.

Key outtakes from the full RICS Residential Market survey for August;ย 

Mortgage rates putting pressure on house prices
House prices are facing downward pressure, and it’s evident that high mortgage rates play a significant role in this situation. For potential buyers, the cost of borrowing is becoming a significant factor in their purchasing decisions. The relatively high mortgage rates are creating challenges in affordability, especially in areas where prices had surged during the pandemic.

Tenant demand outweighs supply
In the lettings market, the RICS survey paints a more positive picture, with tenant demand surpassing the available rental properties. This shortage of rental properties is a significant challenge for tenants seeking affordable housing options.

Rental prices on the rise
Given the imbalance between tenant demand and landlord instructions, rental prices are expected to rise further in the coming months. This can pose challenges for tenants looking for affordable rental options.

The RICS Residential Market survey for August 2023 highlights a market under various pressures, including high mortgage rates affecting house prices and strong tenant demand in the lettings market. As one of the leading residential sales and letting agents in Wimbledon and Wimbledon Village, we are committed to assisting both buyers and renters in navigating these challenges. Our team of experienced property professionals is here to provide expert guidance and tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of our clients, we have dedicated departments within the business that can assist you.

For more from the RICS UK Monthly Residential Market survey, you can download and read the full August 2023 report here: https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey

Please feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice and assistance in this ever-evolving real estate market. Contact the right department for your needs here.

Regards,

John King,ย FRICS

Issue No.4 of Life Magazine

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A New Edition of Life Magazine Is Now Available

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Our latest edition of Life Magazine is now available. There are some great features including ‘Design Your Outeriors’ with ideas to get your gardens Summer ready and ‘Sit, Sip & Savour’ with some lovely gin recommendations to enjoy whilst enjoying the sunshine.

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