Friday, August 12, 2022

Housing demand reaches record high for October

The number of sales made to firs time buyers stood at 21 per cent in October, rising from 19 per cent in September


No visible signs of the property market easing on its traditionally-seasonal brakes just yet. The latest figures released by NAEA Propertymark have revealed that prospective buyer numbers reached the highest ever recorded for the month of October.

According to NAEA Propertymark’s October Housing Report, the average number of prospective buyers registered per estate agent branch reached 451, a fall from 525 in September.

However, this is an increase of 32% from October 2019 when there were 341 house hunters on average per branch.

The average number of sales agreed per estate agent branch stood at 12 in October, a small decrease from 14 in September. This is the highest figure recorded for October since 2006. Year-on-year, the number of sales per branch has increased by 50 per cent, rising from eight in October 2018 and October 2019.

The number of sales made to FTBs stood at 21 per cent in October, rising from 19 per cent in September. Year on year this is a fall of six percentage points from October 2019.

The number of properties available per member branch stood at 39 in October, falling marginally from 41 in September.

In October, seven per cent of properties sold for more than the original asking price. This is a marginal fall from September when 8% of properties sold for more than the original asking price. The majority (58%) of properties sold for less than the original asking price in October.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, comments: Typically, we see the property market slow down as we approach the festive period and people put their sale on hold until the New Year. However, the pressure of completing sales ahead of the Stamp Duty holiday ending means that we have seen the number of potential buyers and the number of sales completed remains unusually high for this time of year.


The articles are for information purposes only and Invest for Property shall not be held responsible for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies within it. Any rules or regulations mentioned within the website are those relevant at the time of publication and may not be the most up-to-date.

Invest for Property does not endorse any of the products or services that appear on it or are linked to it and are not liable for any action that you may take as a result of the content of this website, or losses or damage you may incur doing so.

There is no obligation to purchase anything but, if you decide to do so, you are strongly advised to consult a professional adviser before making any investment decisions.

Please remember that investments of any type may rise or fall and past performance does not guarantee future performance in respect of income or capital growth; you may not get back the amount you invested.

Leave a Reply