House Price Market Update for December 2009

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The data this month is fascinating as it includes expert analysis of what happened in the market last year - even if few of our experts predicted it, they do at least understand why the market stabilised. 

2009 saw a 'balancing' of supply and demand and hence the price falls predicted didn't happen. Supply is still remaining tight in 2010, but we are seeing a slowdown in demand. Cash rich first time buyers seem to be 'disappearing' and the number of buyers signing up is steadying as are the number of properties agents are selling (approx 8 per month).  

The biggest issue is the regional differences show by the data. Land Registry data shows the best performing area is Ceredigion (+4%) in Wales year on year, and London which is showing a 3.5% increase year on year and monthly rises. The worst performing area tends to be Hartlepool or Neath Talbot. This month it's Hartlepool (-12.8%) although despite London's overall good performance, Barking and Dagenham are down by 18% year on year! READ MORE.

The outlook for 2010 will depend on whether buyers have run out of cash, interest rates go up forcing repossession. READ MORE for a summary of Kate's price predictions for 2010.

Performance and commentary since January 2009:-

Jan 09Feb 09Mar 09Apr 09May 09Jun 09Jul 09Aug 09Sep 09Oct 09Nov 09

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Headline Statistics for December 2009

Headline Statistics





Average Prices

£161,554 to £221,463

-0.3% to +1.7%

Rightmove Highest
Land Registry Lowest

December data




Land Registry

June to September 09

Time to Sell

8.3 Weeks

A very slight decrease from last month


Number of viewings to sale11No change from last month



Offer to Market Price


A very slight increase from last month



% change in new buyers registering with agents


A decrease from +0.1% last month



No of houses sold by agents5Down on previous monthNAEADecember
% sold to for sale boards26.7%up from 31%

For Sale Sign Anaylsis

Number of new mortgages60,045A +4.7% increase on last month's figure of 57,345Bank of EnglandNovember

*  Per month

Sold versus For Sale Sign Boards data*

Month 2009DecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Percentage Sold


*Data provided by FSSA, for more information on this data, Contact us

Links to useful Buying and Selling Reports

Price Indices
There are at least seven property indices and other companies that comment on the property market, please checkout the links below:-

Rightmove    Halifax    Nationwide   RICS 
Communities    Financial Times    Land Registry

Other Useful Resources
Hometrack    NAEA    RICS    Savills    Knight Frank

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