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Monday, May 18, 2015

Rightmove talk up post-election market

The talk is positive following the return of the Tory boys to government, this time with a majority.

Rightmove recorded a pre-election drop of 0.1% (-£242) on  property coming to market, but now expect the majority Tory government to bring a surge of new sellers.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove housing market analyst commented -
“Whilst activity was buoyant in early spring with demand for suitable housing outstripping the supply of property for sale in much of the country, it seems that pre-election jitters finally came home to roost in the final weeks of electioneering, with the average price of property coming to market dropping at this time of year for the first time in five years. This is an election-driven price stall which gives some buyers only short-term relief from the back-drop of a long-term housing shortage, and many estate agents are now reporting a resurgence in interest following the surprise election result. Election uncertainty and particularly the threats of financial penalties to landlords and those with properties valued at over £2 million put a brake on the market, and their removal gives a reason for a rebound in activity and prices.”
“The underlying supply/demand imbalance has meant the election uncertainty has not had a negative price outcome in seven out of ten regions in the country. However, having been faced with an all-time asking price high in April of £286,133 nationally, any drop is welcome to those at the upper end of the stretched affordability curve.”

“Buyers should note that there is often a surge of property supply after an election, as those who have held off coming to market decide to take the plunge. Many potential sellers may have held back expecting a period of hung-parliament uncertainty, but they could now decide to catch the late spring market. In a traditional tight-stock market an increase in supply of available property and greater competition among sellers to attract buyers may moderate their price expectations and make them more open to an offer. The previous election saw jumps in new seller numbers in all regions of the country, with London and Wales leading the way with over 20% more properties coming to market. There may be a window for buyers to act now in this late spring market before prices rise in the next few months.”
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