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England: Housing market continues to improve

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has issued its latest monthly survey for the month of May. This survey polls estate agents and surveyors in England.

This survey confirms that the housing market continues to improve since lockdown was lifted specifically for housing on 13 May 2020. The survey reports that near term sales expectations are now broadly neutral while the 12-month outlook improves slightly.

In isolation, the metrics reported don't read well, however when you compare these to April, it is evident that the housing market is improving:

  • a net balance for new buyer enquiries changed from a record low of -94% in April to -5% in May

  • the agreed sales indicator was at -35% compared with -93% in April

  • a net balance of -20% of respondents stated that new instructions coming onto the market continued to fall, significantly less than -97% in April

In an extra question included in the May survey, contributors were asked for their views on potential shifts in the desirability of certain features within properties over the next two years (owing to recent events). Of note:

  • 81% think there will be an increase in desire for properties with gardens or balconies.

  • 74% think there will be a shift in demand towards homes located near green spaces

  • 68% think that properties with greater private and less communal space will become more desirable.

And here's all the data:

Image: RICS

To learn more about this survey, click here.

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