Introducer Today: Strong buyer demand drives market activity
Wed 21 Oct 2015
The property market continued to tick over in September with activity up 5.4% on the same month last year.
There were 106,030 residential property transactions in September, marking a small rise of 0.8% from 105,160 inAugust, according to the latest HMRC monthly property transaction figures.
Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), said housing transaction activity has sincefallen back slightly after a busy start to the summer in July. This seasonal change is common, and transactionsare still 5% higher year-on-year, an encouraging sign that the market is continuing to recover.
Murphy said buyer demand is holding strong, with many moving quickly to secure a competitive mortgage ratebefore interest rates rise.
Borrowers are also benefitting from attractive deals from lenders keen to meet their targets by the end of theyear.
Although house prices have continued to rise, they are doing so at a much steadier pace compared to 2014,helping to improve affordability.
Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons, said: There was a real step-change in the gears of housing marketactivity over the summer, and since June property sales have been ticking along nicely, with this month-on-monthrise the latest cause for optimism.
Theres now clear blue water between sales levels now and a year ago and were seeing real eagerness frombuyers.
Already, many buyers and sellers will be using the countdown to Christmas as their deadline to move home andcomplete transactions, meaning activity often picks up the pace in autumn.
Rollings said that London is now a city of two halves. At the top-end buyers are more cautious but at the mid andlower range of the market where domestic buyers tend to dominate there remain high levels of demand facing upto restricted housing stock."
Richard Sexton, director of e.surv chartered surveyors, said activity at the bottom of the ladder is allowing theproperty market overall to gather speed.
Fortunes for first time buyers in particular are being boosted by higher wages, lower inflation, and a wave ofhigher-LTV mortgage product momentum.
Bearing in mind Septembers steady progress, the October housing market also looks set fair.