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November sees property listings slump by 22%

Warren Lewis
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5th December 2017
christmas house

New figures suggest the housing market has already packed up for Christmas with homeowners deciding to wait until the New Year to sell.

According to the latest Property Supply Index compiled by online estate agentsHouseSimple.com, new property listings in November fell by almost a quarter (22%) compared to October.

HouseSimple.com looked at new property supply across 100 major UK towns and cities in November vs October. More than two thirds (67%) of UK towns and cities saw fewer new sellers marketing their properties last month.

Bath is a popular city with home buyers, particularly families moving out of London, but new stock is currently hard to come by with new property listings down 50% on October. While, in Watford, a commuter town, there were 40% fewer new sellers advertising their properties last month.
In the Capital, new sellers in November tumbled by almost a third (30.3%) on October. And there wasn’t a single London borough that saw supply rise last month, with Kingston upon Thames experiencing a 42.5% drop in new property listings.

The following table shows the five UK towns and cities that saw the biggest falls in new property listings in November 2017 vs October 2017:

Town/City

Region

% fall in new listings in Nov vs. Oct

Bath

South West

-52.4%

Watford

East

-39.6%

Lincoln

East Midlands

-38.2%

Warrington

North West

37.6%

Torquay

South West

-36.2%

The following table shows the five UK towns and cities that saw the biggest rises in new property listings in November 2017 vs October 2017:

Town/City

Region

% fall in new listings in Nov vs. Oct

Newquay

South

62.1%

Truro

South

55.9%

Lichfield

West Midlands

43.2%

Halifax

West Yorkshire

26.6%

Loughborough

East Midlands

27.3%

Alex Gosling, CEO of online estate agents HouseSimple.com, comments: “There tends to be a drop off in activity as we approach Christmas, but this year the slowdown has started earlier. It’s been a tough year for the property market having to contend with the aftermath of a disastrous General Election and the fallout from Article 50 being invoked. And with generally negative Brexit news every day, that takes its toll. Homeowners may be feeling a little jaded and simply decided it’s best to take stock and start afresh in January.

On a more positive note, the housing market received a welcome boost in the Autumn Budget, with the Chancellor announcing that he was cutting stamp duty for first time buyers. This will hopefully stimulate the bottom end of the market, and feed through to increased housing supply as people further up the chain see more active buyers. More than ever, we need a strong first quarter as 2018 is set to be a challenging year as Brexit talks gather pace.”

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