Press Release: Record competition creates seller's market in central London
Tue 14 Feb 2012
- Properties achieving nearly 98% of asking price in central London
- A record 18 buyers registered for each property on market
- Long-term contrast between supply and buyer demand has established seller's market
Record competition per property in central London has closed the gap between offers and asking prices to just 2.2%, according to estate agent Marsh & Parsons.
In January, the average property sold for 97.8% of its asking price the smallest gap between asking and sale prices since June 2011. This compares to an average of 95.3% in January 2011 and is a far cry from the 91.3% achieved in January 2009.*
While the gap between asking and sales prices has fallen by 2.5% during the last year in the capital, the improvement has been much smaller nationally. Across the country as a whole, the average sales price achieved was 92.5% in January, compared to 91.9% in January 2011.**
Heightened competition for property in the capital has been the key factor. In January, an average of 17.9 buyers registered for each property placed on the market the fiercest competition on Marsh & Parsons' records.***
The competition among buyers is higher than the previous peak of 16.7 applicants per property in September 2011, and represents a significant increase from 14.2 a year ago.
Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons comments: "While prospective buyers may often be able to secure sizeable discounts in other parts of the country, the same cannot be said of prime London. Swelling demand for a limited pool of homes on the market has turned central London into a real seller's market, and well priced properties are encouraging multiple bids. Fierce competition means that buyers can no longer simply test the waters with an unrealistically low bid, or they face losing out to determined rival bidders."
The competition per property has been driven by a combination increasing buyer demand in central London and a constrained supply of property. In the last year alone, buyer registrations have increased by 17%. In contrast, supply of property coming onto the market is becoming even more constrained. In January, the number of properties available was 6% lower than a year ago.
Peter Rollings comments: "Rising property prices in the capital have been driven by the underlying contrast between the appeal of prime London to buyers, and the lack of properties available a contrast that is becoming starker. Investors are holding onto properties for the long-term, rather than looking to cash-in on short-term capital gains. In turn, this is further limiting supply in prime parts of London. With space for new building limited and central London set to remain as one of the most sought after cities to live in the world, home sellers will continue to have the upper hand in the sales process."
*Source: Marsh & Parsons data.
**Source: Hometrack Monthly House Price Survey
***Based on Marsh & Parsons registrations data since Q1 2010
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