Housing market stable despite election uncertainty


Rightmove cited pent up demand as one reason for some momentum in the market

The UK housing market has kept pace in June, despite a wobble at the top end of the market, shows real estate platform Rightmove’s latest data.

The average price of property coming to the market declined by £21 this month to £375,110, as prices in June follow the same seasonal pattern as recent years, remaining flat after hitting a record in May.

Price trends meanwhile have differed across the UK, with the strongest price growth in the less expensive and more northerly regions. Five of the six cheapest areas have hit new price records.

By contrast, the higher-priced East of England and London regions have lagged, with this month’s only regional price declines, Rightmove said.

Rightmove cited pent up demand as one reason for some momentum in the market.

In the first four months of the year, the number of sales agreed between buyers and sellers was 17% higher than in the same period in 2023, surpassing the 12% rise in the number of new sellers coming to market.

Like pricing activity, these trends are being driven most by the top-of-the-ladder sector, made up of four bedroom detached and five bedroom plus properties. A lack of available homes for sale in this sector during the pandemic years, together with the rapid increase, and subsequent volatility of mortgage rates in the post-mini-budget period, meant that activity in this sector was especially susceptible to some potential movers taking a step back.

Now, with mortgage rates more steady although still high, and greater buyer choice, many who had delayed their moving plans in this sector seem to be returning.

The data follows the BoE decision to leave UK interest rates on hold at their 16-year high of 5.25% for a sixth successive time.

A poll of more than 14,000 home-movers indicates that activity is largely remaining stable, despite the potential uncertainty after the election.

The number of sales being agreed and the number of buyers sending enquiries to agents remain stable, with the vast majority of those already in the home-moving market continuing with their plans.

One exception is possible election caution among some would-be sellers, which is most pronounced for those at the typically more discretionary top end of the market, some of whom seem to be pausing their plans to see how the next few weeks unfold, Rightmove added.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by our writers are their own and do not represent the views of Getting Money Wise. The information provided on Getting Money Wise is intended for informational purposes only. Getting Money Wise is not liable for any financial losses incurred. Conduct your own research by contacting financial experts before making any investment decisions.

getting money wise

Welcome! Get your FREE access to EVERYTHING we publish…

Our goal is to show anyone how to make investing profitable. You’ll get our FREE weekly newsletter with latest news and information on investment topics along with special offers. Please take time to read our privacy policy . The information you provide us will be processed in accordance with this.