Number of First Time Buyers hits three-year low in August

September 28, 2018 / Isla MacFarlane
Number of First Time Buyers hits three-year low in August

Despite sales to First Time Buyers soaring in June and July, the number dropped significantly in August, according to NAEA Propertymark’s August Housing Report.

FTB sales were strong in June and July, standing at 29% and 30% respectively, but fell in August with just 20% of sales made to the group. This is the lowest figure recorded since August 2015 when 20% of sales were also made to the group.

The number of house hunters registered per branch rose by 6% month-on-month, from 303 in July to 320 in August.

Year on year however, demand is down 7%, as there were 343 prospective house hunters registered on estate agents’ books in August 2017.

The number of properties available to buy fell for the first time since April, from 41 per branch in July to 40 in August. The number of sales agreed per branch increased marginally in August – from eight to nine.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark said, “Every year the housing market slows down over the summer. The kids are off school, it’s warm outside, and the allure of a few weeks on the beach is more attractive than house-hunting or trying to sell your home. Last month we saw FTBs taking advantage of these market conditions, with sales to the group rising to 30%, and while we expected this to be short-lived, we hoped it would at least last the summer.

“In September, buyers typically storm the market in a bid to complete sales in time for Christmas. However, it looks like this year’s heatwave encouraged more house-hunters to stay at home in August and continue their searches, which has in turn increased competition and pushed FTBs out of negotiations.”

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