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Brexit boom for property market

Peter Kelly
Feb 5, 2020


Britain's property market is feeling a Brexit boom with property sales well up on where they were this time last year.

It has been the busiest month ever recorded on Rightmove after the UK finally left the EU last week.

The property market appears to be enjoying a boost as the UK left the EU. 

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Property sales website Rightmove saw visits to the site surpass 150 million for the first time. 

There were over 152 million visits to Rightmove in January, a seven percent increase on January 2019.

The previous record for the busiest month was last set back in May 2019.

What is more, the number of sales being agreed by agents was up 12 percent compared to the same month in 2019.

This is the biggest year-on-year jump in any month since July 2017.

London saw the biggest uplift, up 26 percent year-on-year, followed by the East of England, up 20 percent.

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The top five busiest days ever on Rightmove were all between 21st and 29th January, with Wednesday 29th topping the list. 

There were over 5.7 million visits on that day, up nine percent on the previous record set back on 24th April 2019.

Time spent by home hunters on the site was up four percent, with people spending a total of 1.17 billion minutes.

Experts from the company have credited Brexit for the uptick in sales.

Rightmove Director and Housing Market Analyst Miles Shipside said: “Home-movers have sprung into action in 2020, with a large number of agents telling us that sales and valuations have picked up significantly in their local areas.

“There’s still an imbalance, with demand growing at a faster rate than new supply and no clear sign yet of any uplift in new listings compared to this time last year, but we could see a new wave of sellers in the coming weeks.

“The annual jump in sales agreed numbers is the highest we’ve seen in any month since the summer of 2017, which saw a significant uplift compared to summer 2016 because of the short-term dip in activity immediately after the Brexit vote.

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“The stage certainly looks set for an active spring if those sellers considering putting their homes up for sale end up doing so, but to catch this wave of buyer momentum sellers should take care not to over-price their homes.

“It’s still a price sensitive market and there’s a limit to what buyers can borrow even though mortgage interest rates are temptingly low.”

Brexit Day was regarded to be “good news” by expert Ben Bailey, property expert at estate agent, Nested.

Now Brexit uncertainty is behind Britons to some extent, more feel confident to buy.

He said: “Brexit has been affecting the market ever since the referendum three and a half years ago.

“We expect this to continue somewhat this year with lower transaction volumes, however there is some good news for sellers.

“Buyers in the market right now have already factored Brexit into their decision making and are starting to cite this less and less as a reason for a lowball offer and pulling out from a transaction.”

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