New UK residential listings bounce back after downturn in June due to EU vote

New properties listed for sale in the UK increased by 3.4% in July with 62% of towns and cities seeing an increase in supply July compared to the previous month, the latest research shows. The biggest rise was recorded in Durham with a rise of 51%, followed by Hartlepool with an increase of 32.5% and Hemel Hempstead up by 31.7%, according to the figures from online estate agents HouseSimple. London’s property supply was up 13.7% in July, with Bexley, Greenwich and Lambeth seeing new property listings rise 44.1%, 41.3% and 40.5% respectively. The index report suggests that home owners don’t appear to be too worried about the possibility of falling property prices, as July saw new property listings bounce back from June when they fell by 7.3% across the country and by 12.8% in London. However, despite the majority of towns and cities experiencing a boost in supply in July, more than a third experienced significant falls in new properties listed, including Bootle, where listings fell by 30.8% in July and Chichester with a fall of 27.7%. ‘It has been business as usual after Brexit in terms of activity, with many sellers who were waiting on the result of the Referendum, now actively marketing their properties. The reality is that people need to sell for a whole host of reasons, and delaying post-Brexit is simply not an option if people are relocating for work or family reasons,’ said Alex Gosling, the firm’s chief executive officer. ‘On the ground, what was probably a sellers’ market before the vote is now going to be a more level playing field. That doesn’t mean that quality properties in desirable areas won’t still sell for close to or at asking price, but buyers are holding a few more cards now, and motivated sellers may need to more flexible on price negotiations,’ he added. Continue reading

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