Early-bird sellers benefit from the busiest ever start to a New Year, according to Rightmove’s latest House Price Index

House price increases during January have resulted in the highest rate of growth year-on-year since May 2016.

The average price of property coming to the market has increased by 0.3% this month, which is £852 more than in December 2021. Compared to this time last year, that is a jump of 7.8%. 

Early reports from Zoopla also show that the demand for apartments in the sales market has rebounded as cities are allowed to fully re-open.

As working patterns become more hybrid for office-based staff, the draw of the office as a place for collaboration and engagement will support the recovery of housing demand in cities in 2022.

What does this mean for sellers? 

As significant buyer demand continues this month, we anticipate seeing sellers continually benefitting from the increased levels of buyer competition.  

Rightmove has recorded a 15% increase in buyers enquiring about homes in comparison to this time last year, which means now is a great time to put your home on the market to maximise its value.

Sellers looking to put their apartment on the market can now do so with confidence as buyer demand for these types of properties returns, particularly in city centres.  

What should buyers expect? 

Competition between buyers has almost doubled in comparison to January 2021. However, Rightmove has reported early signs that more property choices will soon be available on the market as the number of valuation requests has increased by 44%. 

If you are looking to move this year, our team is here to help. Get in touch with your local Robert Watts branch for advice on buying, selling, letting or renting here.