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The average number of house hunters registered per estate agent branch stood at 571 in November, an increase of 12% from October’s figure of 511, according to NAEA Propertymark.

The number of properties available per member branch stood at 20 in November, a continued decline from 21 in October, and the lowest figure Propertymark has ever recorded.

This means there was an average of 29 buyers for every available property on the market in November, a 21% increase in competition from October.

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The average number of sales agreed per estate agent branch fell slightly to seven in November, from October’s figure of eight.

Year-on-year, this figure is almost half of the sales agreed last year which stood at 13 for November 2020.

However, looking back over the past five years, seven was the average number of sales agreed for the month of November.

In November, 38% of properties sold for more than the original asking price, an increase from 21% in October.

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This was also almost four times higher than last year’s figure when 10% of properties sold for over the asking price.

The number of sales made to first-time buyers rose to 29% in November from October’s figure of 25%.

Nathan Emerson, chief executive of Propertymark, said: “The pressure on the housing market and consequently house prices, is continuing at an unrelenting rate.

“However, heading into December, the market should start to slow.

“Those with a property to sell would be wise to act sooner rather than later as the level of demand is expected to continue into the first quarter of next year but cannot last forever.”

By Jake Carter

Source: Mortgage Introducer

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