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Published on : March 3, 2020 15:29

House hunter numbers rise by 22% during January

The latest figures released by NAEA Propertymark revealed that UK house hunters have been out in force during January 2020.

According to their latest data, they have seen a 22% increase in buyer activity during the first month of the year.

Their data shows that year-on-year, the volume of prospective buyers has increased by more than a quarter since January 2019.


They found that the number of sales agreed rose by a third, while the number of sales to first-time buyers remained the same.

The latest report from HMRC also confirms record-breaking levels of activity in January 2020.

They reported that some 102,810 house sales transactions were recorded in January, 4,080 more than in December and 5,120 more than in January 2019.

Those figures mark increases of 4.1% and 5.2% respectively and January’s estimates are the highest since July 2017, when 103,220 homes were sold.

Why is this happening?

The latest reports from NAEA Propertymark and HMRC’s are all telling the same story; a clearer economic and political outlook has encouraged a surge of activity within the market.

December’s election result delivered much-needed stability for home-movers, restoring confidence in the future outlook of the housing market.

Recent surveys have suggested that renewed optimism after the election, along with the return of house hunters who had put their move on hold, has led to the traditional spring house-hunting bounce arriving early.

Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, Mark Hayward, commented on the surge in activity:

“It’s positive to see the New Year has brought some much-needed confidence to the market, with a significant increase in demand from house hunters following the General Election result.”

What about the local market?

Here at Edward Mellor, we’ve also seen a surge in buyer activity within the local market.

Our data shows that we’ve sold 19% more properties across January and February 2020 in comparison to the same time last year. This is 10% more than our nearest local competitor.


Managing Director of Edward Mellor, Peter Barlow, commented saying:

“Buyer and seller activity levels have been much improved since Christmas, which is a massive positive for the economy as a whole, as the housing market stimulates economic activity across many sectors.”

Last week, our branch network posted its best sales week for 5 years and our mortgage advisor team has a long list of buyers with approved mortgages just eager to find the house of their dreams.”

“With plenty of new houses coming to the market, there is a balance between supply and demand that is keeping price inflation in check at the moment and with mortgage rates so low, it’s a great time to be moving.”

Top Three Takeaways

  • NAEA Propertymark has seen a 22% increase in buyer activity during January 2020.
  • Some 102,810 house sales transactions were recorded in January, 4,080 more than in December.
  • A traditional spring house-hunting bounce has arrived early. Renewed optimism in the market after the General Election, along with the return of house hunters who had put their move on hold, has encouraged these conditions.

Thinking of Making Your Move?


With UK house prices increasing at a record-breaking pace along with a surge in buyer activity, now is the best time to sell.

Take advantage of this market boom – don’t miss out on getting the best price for your property by putting off your move.

If you’re thinking of selling or letting your property get in touch with our experts today.


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