Property in UK is selling more quickly as house prices climb - but homeowners have been given a warning

Property in UK is selling more quickly as house prices climb - but homeowners have been given a warning

Britons discuss changing house prices

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 22/04/2024

- 09:53

House prices continue to climb in the UK and have reached near record levels, according to new research

The property market has found more stability in recent months, with house prices on the rise this year.

The latest House Price Index from Rightmove released today shows prices have continued to increase and selling times have dropped. However, buyers and sellers have been warned this could cause sales to fall through.

The average property price has increased 1.1 per cent and now sits at £372,324. This is only £570 short of a record high from May last year.

This is driven largely by "top of the ladder" properties, like large family homes, as these now cost an average of £682,661 - up more than £18,000 on March 2024.

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Properties are selling more quickly


Both buyers and sellers have increased activity and houses are selling more quickly than before.

Speaking on the report, co-founder of Home Sale Pack Ruth Beeton said: "As buyer demand continues to climb, so too has the asking price expectations of the nation’s sellers.

"However, the real positive to take is that, at 64 days on average, homes are selling at their fastest since November, indicating just how much buyer appetites have improved.

"In fact, the average home is selling 18 per cent faster than in January alone and that is the factor to watch here as faster sales mean even higher prices in the coming months."

However, the expert warned faster selling prices could mean there is a higher risk of sales falling through and she urged buyers and sellers to be wary of this.

Ruth continued: "The downside is it also means an increased chance of fall throughs as the industry struggles to cope with the increasing strain placed on the archaic conveyancing process, in particular.”

Rightmove’s director of property science Tim Bannister weighed in on the research.

He said: “The top of the ladder sector continues to drive pricing activity at the start of the year, with movers in this sector typically less sensitive to higher mortgage rates, and more equity rich, contributing to their ability to move.

“While some buyers, across all sectors, will feel that their affordability has improved compared to last year due to wage growth and stable house prices, others will be more impacted by cost-of-living challenges and stickier than expected high mortgage rates.


Houses in UK

Sales could be at higher risk of falling through


“Despite these factors, it has been a positive start to the year in comparison to the more muted start to 2023. However, agents report that the market remains very price-sensitive, and despite the current optimism, these are not the conditions to support substantial price growth.

"Sellers who are keen to secure their sale will still need to price realistically for their local market and avoid being overambitious at the start of marketing to give themselves the best chance of finding a buyer.”

This comes as a property expert shares advice for those looking to sell. He explained simple DIY updates can boost the value of your home.

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