Housing Report, December 2019

A positive close to the year as confidence returns to the housing market

Key Findings

  • Year-on-year, both the number of prospective buyers and number of sales agreed rose
  • Supply of available housing and sales to first-time buyers (FTBs) increased

Sales agreed

  • The number of sales agreed per member branch fell from seven in November to six in December
  • Year-on-year however, the number of sales agreed has increased, from five sales agreed in both December 2017 and December 2018.

Sales to first time buyers (FTBs)

  • The number of sales made to FTBs increased marginally in December, rising from 28 per cent in November to 29 per cent
  • Year-on-year, this is an increase of five percentage points from December 2018 when the number of sales made to the group stood at 24 per cent.

Demand for housing

  • The number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch decreased in December, falling from 332 to 313. This is the lowest figure seen since June 2019 when there were 305 prospective buyers registered
  • Year-on-year, housing demand is up, rising from 304 house hunters per branch in December 2018.

Supply of available properties

  • The number of properties available per member branch rose from 39 in November, to 41 in December. This is the highest seen since August 2019 when it stood at 44.
  • Year-on-year, the supply of housing is down marginally, falling from 42 in December 2018.

Quote mark

After a period of suppressed market activity due to Brexit and political uncertainty, the clear outcome of the General Election in December has injected some much-needed confidence into the market.

Despite it typically being a quieter time of year seasonally, our figures have shown positive trends with both demand and the number of sales being high in comparison to previous years, as both buyers and sellers no longer hold off on their plans. This is an encouraging close to the year and we hope to see more of this stability in 2020.

mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
Chief Executive
NAEA Propertymark