Board Services Have Resumed

We are pleased to confirm our return to service as of Monday 11th May onwards.

With a wider understanding now of the relevant health risks, we will be implementing the following guidelines for our operators:

Social distancing measures observed at all times
Hand sanitisers to be carried by all operators and used regularly
No knocking on vendors doors/interacting with vendors unless absolutely necessary
No visiting of branches
Face coverings/masks to be worn where possible
One person per van, unless those people live in the same household

Please ensure your customers are aware that we will be enforcing strict social distancing to protect all involved. We politely request they do not approach our operators, and boards are left in easily accessible locations for collection when required.

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

Confidence regained

The latest figures revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index show a national surge of activity in the UK property market.  Consumer confidence continues to grow which is substantiated by healthy increase of17.4% for properties coming on to the market and 15.2% on properties sold.  

Regional month on month data recorded by the Property Activity Index shows a flourishing property market in the South West with an increase on properties sold by 26.9% and an increase of properties coming on to the market by 19.3%, all in all a positive month for the region recording their best figures for March since 2009.  

 Further increases have been recorded for North West;  The Property Activity Index reports steady growth over the last 3 months for both properties sold and properties coming on to the market. The region has shown resilience to the down turns in the property market, returning consistent figures for the months of January to March over the last 3 years.  Whereas Central England reported declines in properties coming on to the market by down by 1.6% but showing resilience on properties sold up by 8.8%.

 The North East housing market has experienced an encouraging start to the year and continues to maintain its pace. The region saw the average house price rise in February from £136,969 to £142,168 which may be reflective of the 37.2% increase on properties coming on to the market and 30.6% on properties sold.

Agency Express Comments

Commenting on the latest index results, Stephen Watson, Managing Director of Agency Express said: 

The encouraging figures from this month’s Property Activity Index are reflective of the continued change in attitude and direction from financial institutions.  The measures that have been taken to open up the property market to a wider range of buyers has been one of the most positive events to occur within the market for the last 5 years.  Next month sees the first stage of the Government’s  ‘Help to Buy’  scheme being made available to those buying new-build properties in England, which will undoubtedly continue growth, however the renting population still remain trapped with 75% saying that deposits are still out of reach.  Expectations for the 2013 property market remain hopeful and with the figures reported to date by the Property Activity Index it seems that we have every reason to be.

Monthly % Changes for March 2013

% Changes for Jan - March 2013

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

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

New Listings Properties Sold
Mar 13 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar 12
NATIONAL 12.7 10.5 12.7 5.2
Central England -8 2.6 11.3 -2.1
East Anglia 15.4 8.3 17.2 10.5
East Midlands 18.3 20.2 32.2 22
London 0.8 13.2 6.4 0.2
North East 24.6 31.7 42.2 79.2
North West 12.8 14.9 10.7 11.6
Scotland 26.3 8.6 18.4 -5.9
South East 18 2.4 6.1 7.2
South West 18.2 2.7 23.8 -12.9
Wales 3.7 9.4 -19.3 -30.1
West Midlands 1 0.7 2.4 -6.1
Yorks & Humber 13.3 28.2 11.6 29.3
New Listings Properties Sold
Jan -
Jul 13
Jan -
Mar 12
Jan -
Mar 13
Jan -
Mar 12
NATIONAL 30.1 24.9 20 12.6
Central England 26.9 9.1 22 10.1
East Anglia 28.1 25.2 26.4 13.2
East Midlands 34.5 23.7 23.8 15.1
London 21.9 23.9 22.6 11.6
North East 44.3 33 44.9 25.5
North West 31.4 29.3 11.7 16.7
Scotland 34.3 23.5 14.9 10.9
South East 35.2 28.1 19.6 18.8
South West 31.3 24.3 17.5 6.7
Wales 30.6 27 10 -6.5
West Midlands 29 26.2 12.1 8.7
Yorks & Humber 27.1 29.8 20.9 22.6

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