Housing Report, May 2019


Key Findings

  • Demand from prospective buyers reaches eight-month high
  • Supply of available housing increased to the highest level since December 
  • The number of sales agreed per branch also rose

Demand for housing

  • The number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch rose by a sixth (16 per cent) in May, from 265 to 307
  • This is the highest level recorded since September 2018, when 338 prospective buyers were registered. Year-on-year, housing demand is down by 13 per cent from May 2018 when there 351 house hunters per branch.

Supply of available properties

  • The number of properties available per member branch increased in May, from 35 in April to 41 – the highest level seen since December 2018
  • Year-on-year the supply of housing has increased, with only 37 properties available to buy in May 2018.

Sales agreed

Figure 1: Supply of available properties per branch

Sales Agreed

  • The number of sales agreed per member branch increased for the second month running, rising from an average of eight per branch in April, to nine in May
  • This is the highest level of sales since September last year when the same number of sales were recorded per member branch
  • Year-on-year the number of property transactions has increased, with an average of eight sales, agreed per branch in May 2018.

Sales to FTBs

  • The number of sales made to FTBs in May decreased marginally, falling from 27 per cent in April, to 26 per cent
  • Year-on-year, this is an increase of two percentage points from 24 per cent.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward

Chief Executive

“It is encouraging to see the housing market bouncing back, with supply and demand rising to the highest levels seen since last year. It’s evident that buyers and sellers are no longer waiting for the outcome of Brexit and want to get things moving, particularly as many sellers are realising that it’s a buyers’ market in certain areas of the country. More than eight in 10 (81 per cent) properties sold for less than the original asking price in May, which shows that estate agents, with buyers and sellers, are successfully negotiating a property sale, with them coming to an agreement on the value of the home.”