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Now is the time to sell to take advantage of the homebuyer spring surge

Research by estate and lettings agent, Barrows and Forrester, has revealed that now is the time to list your home on the market in order to take advantage of the spring surge in market activity that’s about to hit the property market.

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Barrows and Forrester analysed residential transactions across England and Wales by month over the last five years, looking at the average number of transactions to take place in order to reveal when the market was at its busiest for homebuyer activity. 


The research shows that based on the number of homes sold over the last five years, March is the second busiest month of the year, with 63,547 transactions completing as those sales agreed before the Christmas break finally make it over the line. 


However, when it comes to buyer and seller activity throughout the new year, June is the busiest month for the property market, with an average of 68,546 transactions completing in a single month.


While summer may seem a long way away, it takes an average of four to six months to sell a home from first listing on the market to reaching completion. 


This means that this record level of transactions actually comes as a result of the spring surge in buyer demand and so those looking to take advantage should be thinking about listing their home in the coming weeks in order to do so. 


But don’t panic if you’re not quite ready to sell your home. The research by Barrows and Forrester also shows that the average number of residential completions remains above 50,000 per month right through until December. 


Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented:


“What we generally find each year is that January is quiet as we return from the Christmas break and there isn’t a great deal of intent from both buyer and seller. 


However, we do see an uplift in sales around March from those that were agreed prior to the Christmas break and have finally reached completion. 


March also tends to mark the start of the spring surge with a great deal of buyers and sellers entering the market having spent the first few months of the year getting their house in order. 


This heightened level of activity then results in a notable spike in the number of transactions completing around June and this trend tends to remain for the remainder of the year.” 

Data sourced from the Land Registry Price Paid records of residential property transactions, Type A (primary not secondary purchases) and not including properties listed by type as ‘other’. (2017-2021).

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