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Following the UK lockdown announcement we can confirm we are still operating.

To remain COVID safe have implemented the following guidelines for our operators:

Social distancing measures observed at all times
Hand sanitisers to be carried by all operators and used regularly
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One person per van, unless those people live in the same household

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Thank you to all our clients for their continued patience during this time.

Continued declines across the UK property market in July

The latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed continued declines across the UK property market in July.

Falling for a fourth consecutive month, national month on month figures for new listings ‘For Sale’ sat at -3% and properties ‘Sold’ at -7.9%. Looking back at the Property Activity Index’s historical records, we can see that national figures are currently sat at a 3-year low.

Across the 12 regions recorded by the Property Activity Index, 4 regions reported increased in properties coming on to the market and only 1 reported an increase in properties ‘Sold’.

Following 3 consecutive months of decline London bucked the trend reporting increases in new listings at 16.7% and properties ‘Sold’ at 0.6%. Historical records also revealed that new listings in July 2021 surpassed pre covid activity.

Other regional hotspots included:

New listings ‘For Sale’

  • South West 1.3%
  • Wales 0.9%
  • East Midlands 0.7%

Outside of London no other region reported increases in properties ‘Sold’ and the only region to surpass pre covid activity was the North East at 2.7%.

The largest declines in this month’s Property Activity Index were recorded in the South East. Following a spike in activity in June, figures for new listings fell at -15.2% and properties ‘Sold’ at -21.3%, marking the region’s largest month on month decline for July since 2018.

Commenting on the Property Activity Index results, Ben Brookes, Managing Director of Agency Express said:

Property market activity in July has been slower than anticipated. We have entered the summer holiday season and adjustments are anticipated but following 16th months of restrictions focuses are firmly on family breaks and R&R. Couple this with a continued lack of supply and record high prices then the decline comes as no surprise. Over the next month we would now typically see a further slowdown in August and a pickup again in September so it will be interesting to see hoe the year on year figures fair.

Monthly % Changes for July 2021

% Changes for May - July 2021

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
Jul 21Jul 20Jul 21Jul 20
Central England-3.820.7-12.328.9
East Anglia-12.625.7-13.827.5
East Midlands0.721.1-0.327.2
North East-6.117.8-2.732.2
North West-0.937.2-1.157.3
South East-15.216.1-21.314.9
South West1.325.8-10.219.6
West Midlands-1.815.4-613.5
Yorks & Humber-4.943.8-6.251.9
New ListingsProperties Sold
May -
Sep 21
May -
Jul 20
May -
Jul 21
May -
Jul 20
Central England-6.470.2-9.976.9
East Anglia-7.873.1-1078.3
East Midlands-8.567.2-5.872.6
North East-4.965.6-5.181.1
North West-1.772.8-4.687.9
South East-7.366-1270.4
South West-4.471-7.972.2
West Midlands-3.263.7-2.469.4
Yorks & Humber-3.881.4-5.394.1

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