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UK Residential Market Surveys

November 2017 -House prices remain broadly flat at the national level

The UK housing market remains flat at a headline level in the run up to Christmas, according to the November 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

September 2017 - Activity indicators remain subdued in September

The UK housing market continues to lack momentum in September, as demand from new buyers and sales fall again and the shift in interest rate expectations contributes to buyer caution in a slowing market, according to the September RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

August 2017 - Flat headline readings mask mixed regional picture

There is an increasingly mixed picture across the UK housing market, according to the August 2017, UK Residential Market Survey. Although the headline level shows a return to growth, sentiment is less positive in prime central London and to a lesser extent the wider South East, alongside the North and East Anglia.

July 2017 - Activity in UK housing market faltering

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are obstacles hindering the UK housing market, according to the RICS UK Residential Market Survey, with price growth and sales activity subdued during the month of July

June 2017 - Uncertainty stifles market sentiment

House price inflation dropped further in June, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. At the same time there's little encouragement for sales activity with agreed sales declining alongside new buyer enquiries and new instructions.

This trend is also being reflected in medium term sales expectations where the twelve month indicator, while still positive, has slipped to its lowest level since the immediate aftermath of the referendum [net balance of +12%].

May 2017 - Election causing buyers to "wait and see"

Enquiries from new buyers, new instructions from those wanting to sell, and agreed sales in the housing market, have once more declined in May, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. In addition, price growth also lost momentum and is predicted to slow further over the next three months.

April 2017 - Key indicators show little near term impetus

The April 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey results show momentum continuing to ebb, with sales declining slightly over the month and the new buyer enquiries series edging lower. Meanwhile the flow of fresh listings to agents (new instructions) weakened further.

March 2017 - Residential sales still lack impetus

The UK housing market continues to lack impetus, with new buyer enquiries and agreed sales stagnant in March. The number of properties coming on to the market also dropped further and consequently respondents to our latest Residential Market Survey have reduced predictions for sales growth in the year ahead.

February 2017 - Rental growth expectations strengthen further

The February 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey shows key activity indicators in the sales market remain subdued with transaction volumes broadly unchanged for the third month in succession. New buyer enquiries were again flat and have now failed to see any meaningful growth since November 2016.

Near term expectations remain positive but point to a relatively modest rise in activity in the months to come.

January 2017 - Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum, with transaction volumes and enquiries both seeing relatively little change over the month (on a seasonally adjusted basis).

Meanwhile, a shortage of supply remains a challenge in the lettings market - an issue that could worsen over the medium term - as respondents expect landlords to decrease their portfolios over the next three years.

December 2016 - Sales market struggling to build momentum

The December 2016 RICS UK Residential Market Survey results point to sales activity stuttering somewhat having appeared to be gaining momentum over recent months. The latest findings also show respondents paring back their expectations for the near term growth in transactions.

Nonetheless, this does follow a string of reports in which confidence in the outlook improved steadily and it remains to be seen whether or not this is a temporary setback or the onset of a weaker trend.

November 2016 - No easing in housing supply constraint for now

The November RICS Residential Market Survey shows a small increase in new buyer enquiries for the third consecutive month, with near term expectations pointing to a continued, albeit relatively modest, rise in activity over the months to come.

The headline RICS price balance came in at 30% in November, it’s highest reading since April, with more respondents in most areas seeing some increase rather than a decrease.

October 2016 - Modest improvement with confidence gradually improving

The October RICS Residential Market Survey shows new buyer enquires increased modestly for the second consecutive month while new instructions remained broadly flat at the headline level. Near term price expectations increased slightly but still point to very limited growth over the months to come.

The headline national price balance crept higher to 23%, from 18% previously with respondents in all areas except London and the North East reporting growth.

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