February’s weather remains cold as the property market heats up.

January’s encouraging signs of growth continued on in to a strong and buoyant February, heating up the property market with a national increase on properties sold by a substantial rise of 51.4%. Although increases are inevitable from January to February, national records show that since 2010 property market growth has been gaining pace. Figures from 2010 to 2011 show a solid 8% increase on property’s sold and figures from 2011 to 2012 show a surprising upward trend with an increase of 16.5%. These figures reflect on how lenders and financial institutions are proactively approaching the property market and adapting to the current needs of UK buyers.

 Regional month on month data recorded by the Agency Express Property Activity Index shows that the property market within Central England continues to thrive with an increase on properties sold from 11.7% to 46.9%, however properties coming on to the market have slowed down  by 30%. Further increases have been recorded for East Anglia; figures recorded by the Property Activity Index have shown an upturn on properties both coming on to the market and properties sold. Property sold have grown by 60% whereas properties coming on to the market has grown by 11.2%

Promising figures were also recorded for Wales as the region made its first increase for 4 months on properties sold up by a sizeable 87.2%, a total increase 58.2% calculated over a 6 month period. The upward turn continued in to the North East with significant increases on properties sold, up by 61%. However the region reported minimal increases on properties coming on to the market which may slow down property sales in upcoming months.

Scotland regains pace and starts to show signs of recovery from the seasonal downturn in property sales at the end of 2012, increasing by a noteworthy 52.5% for the first time this year. With the average house price rising by 0.2%, optimism in the property market has grown which could be reflective of the 15.7% increase on properties coming on to the Scottish market.

Commenting on the latest index results, Stephen Watson, Managing Director of Agency Express said:  Figures from February’s Property Activity Index Report have has in main reported positively across the nation. Towards the end of 2012 many regions were hit early on by the seasonal down turn and struggled to regain pace. Figures so far for 2013 have shed a very different light on the UK property market, showing us that confidence is returning.  It seems the governmental measures that were set in place during 2012 to invigorate the market have done just that. Lenders continue to offer mortgage rates at all-time lows and with an expected 2% rise on the average property price the banks are optimistic that the property market will remain stable.  Looking forward in to March and April it will be interesting to see if the property market maintains it robust start.

Monthly % Changes for February 2013

% Changes for Dec - February 2013

New Listings
% Change over last 12 months vs Previous 12 months

Properties Sold
% Change over last 12 months vs Previous 12 months

New ListingsProperties Sold
Feb 13Feb 12Feb 13Feb 12
NATIONAL38.818.551.442.9
Central England49.81.346.951.6
East Anglia33.617.563.736.6
East Midlands65.114.155.116.9
London25.513.140.952.4
North East32.527.675.820
North West38.317.824.156.4
Scotland47.82752.560.1
South East29.726.670.139.1
South West26.210.933.743
Wales52.121.787.225.6
West Midlands53.936.458.361.6
Yorks & Humber53.225.156.635.4
New ListingsProperties Sold
Dec -
Jul 13
Dec -
Feb 12
Dec -
Feb 13
Dec -
Feb 12
NATIONAL9.2112.21
Central England18.410.464.2
East Anglia10.194.2-1.8
East Midlands13.883.2-4.9
London6.946.85.9
North East31.813.45.1-12.2
North West3.210.1-4.4-0.4
Scotland2.712.3-62.1
South East12.613.54.8-2
South West5.815.9-4.52.2
Wales11.912.66.64
West Midlands15.813.52.72
Yorks & Humber9.314.76.66.1
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