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UK Property Market Spring 2024 Dynamics
May 15, 2024
UK Property Market Spring 2024 Dynamics London
By   Internet
  • City News
  • UK property
  • property market
  • spring housing market
  • soaring rents
Abstract: The spring of 2024 brings promising signs for the UK real estate market, particularly as many potential buyers deem it an opportune moment, while the rental market continues to grapple with challenges stemming from supply-demand imbalances.

The UK real estate market has witnessed a series of shifts in recent months. From March 2024 to date, the average asking price for UK homes has risen by 1.1%, reaching £372,324. Although this increase is slightly lower than the historic peak recorded in May 2023, it still indicates market vitality. Notably, this rise is primarily attributed to increased demand for "top-end" properties, typically the highest-priced properties, including four-bedroom detached houses and homes with five bedrooms or more. This year's price surge also marks the highest level seen in the past decade.


Several factors contribute to this surge in activity. Firstly, since the mini-budget in September 2022, the rise in mortgage interest rates led some prospective home movers to pause their plans. However, with time, this pent-up demand is being unleashed, particularly in the top-end residential market. Now, home movers have greater confidence in the stability and reliability of the market.


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Meanwhile, despite increased overall market activity, first-time buyers face more challenges. They typically seek higher loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages, which often come with higher interest rates. In contrast, buyers with more funds and greater home equity can access lower rates.


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Looking at long-term trends, the UK real estate market experienced some fluctuations in the latter half of 2023. Overall, average asking prices dipped slightly, but towards the end of 2023, prices began to tick up slightly due to a record number of sellers listing their properties. The increased activity this spring has also driven price rises, indicating optimism among new sellers in pricing their properties.


As for the rental market, despite a decrease in tenant inquiries, the market remains active. Shortage of supply continues to drive rents upward, with the UK average monthly rent setting records for the 17th consecutive time, particularly pronounced in the London area. Although the number of properties available for rent has improved, the market still lags behind pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that tenants may still face challenges.

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