As we trade New Year's confetti for resolutions, a curious spark has ignited in the housing market. While whispers of uncertainty lingered through the latter half of 2023, the final quarter offered a glimpse of something unexpected: a flicker of resurgence. Let's dissect this positive shift and examine why it paints a rosy picture for the property landscape in 2024.
First, consider the Boxing Day bonanza. Usually a day for turkey hangovers and languorous lounging, this festive holiday unexpectedly became a property viewing frenzy. Rightmove reported a staggering 68% increase in buyer enquiries compared to the previous year. This wasn't just a Boxing Day blip either; GetAgent's statistics have reported that buyer demand climbed steadily throughout the final quarter of the year, hinting at a renewed confidence in the market's potential.
But it's not just buyers rediscovering their property passion. Boxing Day also saw a record number of sellers joining the market, dusting off their brochures and eager to tap into this newfound optimism, whilst also following the same trend through the final quarter of the year.
Of course, a cautious note is warranted in dashing into the year with a newfound confidence in the market, as fall-through rates have ticked upwards as well through the course of 2023, adding a layer of complexity to the process. However, even this can be viewed through an optimistic lens. With more buyers and sellers active, the chances of finding your perfect match, despite a few detours, remain high.
So, as we embark on 2024, let's replace furrowed brows with hopeful gazes. The housing market is sending out positive signals, and while some bumps in the road are inevitable, the overall trajectory is upward. Whether you're a seasoned investor or a first-time buyer, keep your eyes peeled for opportunities, your spirits high, and your dancing shoes ready – the property party might just be getting started!
Remember, staying informed is key. Keep your ear to the ground, your fingers glued to those property portals, and your questions coming our way. Happy house hunting, and may 2024 be the year you find your perfect property haven!
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