Political uncertainty leaves housing market in limbo

The number of prospective buyers and the supply of available housing both fell in October according to NAEA Propertymark’s Housing Market Report, owing to political uncertainty.

The report shows both supply and demand falling, with sales to first-time buyers also decreasing.

Supply and demand

Year-on-year, the supply of housing is down, falling from 40 in October 2018. The number of properties available per member branch fell in October, from 40 in September to 39, the lowest amount seen since June. The number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch decreased by 12 per cent in October, from 387 to 341. Year-on-year, housing demand is up, rising from 294 house hunters per branch in October 2018.

First-time Buyers

The number of sales made to first time buyers decreased in October, to 27 per cent from 30 per cent in September. Year-on-year, this is an increase of four percentage points from October 2018 when it stood at 23 per cent.

Sales agreed

The number of sales agreed per member branch remained at eight in October.

Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, said:

‘Brexit is undoubtedly causing uncertainty in the housing market, which in turn affects sentiment and decision-making. On top of both a Brexit deadline and a looming general election, we’re also entering a quieter period seasonally, where we typically see the market slow down as people put their moving plans on hold until the New Year. Once the General Election has passed, and there’s clarity on how and when we’ll be leaving the EU, we hope there will be a degree of certainty which may trigger a flurry of activity in the New Year.’

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