Housing stock levels hit a 12-month high
The ongoing imbalance between supply and demand could finally be seeing some leverage on the other side, with stock levels beginning to rise in the wake of a 3-year long slum.
Despite obvious economic headwinds, consumer confidence in buying and selling property evidently remains robust, and the market has yet to see its predicted slowdown.
Buyers will be pleased to hear that the horizons on the market are expanding, with supply seeing a steady increase of 5% since January, which is the positive news many home hunters have been waiting for.
The latest OnTheMarket Property Sentiment Index, which reflects property market activity in July, has been released. It reveals that housing stock has reached its highest level in a year due to the return of a seasonally driven housing market.
The findings also suggest that there is no clear sign of political and economic uncertainty unsettling buyers or sellers.
Since February, there has been a consistent week-on-week increase in stock levels, with the highest level of available stock in July compared with any time during the 12 months prior.
It is also noteworthy, that stock levels were predicted to continue improving due to more potential buyers being on holiday, further diluting the pool of competitors.
Consumer confidence remains robust
Some 75% of active buyers in the UK were confident they would purchase a property within the next three months, while 80% of sellers expressed confidence in selling their property within the same period.
In July, only 4% of movers were concerned about securing a mortgage to fund the purchase of their next property, unchanged when compared to June 2022 (4%).
The report revealed that 57% of properties were Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) within 30 days of first being advertised for sale, compared with 56% in July 2021.
Unwavering buyer interest appeared to prevail through the pandemic, and despite the rising cost of living, sentiment remained unchanged in July 2022. The market is seeing more serious buyers committed to seeing the transactions through, giving sellers reliable applicants to choose from.
What does this mean for buyers?
A rise in stock after a lengthy drought can only prove positive for buyers waiting to make their move. Those who had been holding off in fear of rampant competition, surging prices, and tricky chain implications can now act with more confidence.
The law of supply says that a higher price will induce producers to supply a higher quantity to the market. Likewise, when supply is low, prices will rise as people scramble to buy up scarce resources. This is certainly true when it comes to the property market, and therefore, it’s best to time your purchase during spikes in supply.
What does this mean for sellers?
Increased buyer confidence and a more level market mean speedy and reliable sales for those selling their property. With stock gradually increasing, this offers a larger scope for buyers to take their time and choose a home that is right for them. Thus, opening the market to serious buyers who are committed and genuinely interested in properties they arrange viewings for, rather than making hasty and half-hearted decisions that could consequentially collapse at the last minute.
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*Information retrieved from YourMortgage
This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.
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