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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  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. It’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 occurred  since the start of the year driven by more affordable mortgage offers especially in lower price regions ( £500k -£1m) with a natural flow into the middle sectors (£1.5m-£3.5m). This also suggests a growing number of buyers now consider that the cost of  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: 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, 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

 Residential Sales Market Insights

House prices
House demand has improved this year although, no real sign of any uplift in price growth yet.   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 if  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: 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, 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: 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 KingFRICS

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; 

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.  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 of -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: 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, FRICS

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; 

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, FRICS

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