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Shortage of homes 'pushing up house prices across UK' - RICS

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Shortage of homes 'pushing up house prices across UK' - RICS Shortage of homes 'pushing up house prices across UK' - RICS

A shortage of homes coming onto the UK housing market is seriously hampering growth and pushing prices higher in many parts of the country, according to RICS.

During January, the number of houses coming up for sale across the UK hit its lowest point since July 2012, despite the amount of potential buyers continuing to surge ahead in most areas.

Last month, with the gap between listless supply and rising demand not seeing any considerable change, prices continued to grow in every part of the UK. During January, a net balance of 53% more respondents to the RICS Residential Market Survey across the country reported growing prices. The cost of a home in the UK has now been rising for just under a year.

Moving on to transactions, the RICS survey found that the number of homes sold per chartered surveyor reached 21.1 over the preceding three months. This represents a sizable increase on the same time last year when respondents were selling a mere 16.

Across the UK, the biggest increases in activity have been seen in the South West and Yorkshire and Humberside where sales numbers have jumped 50% and 40% respectively since January last year.

Peter Bolton King, RICS global residential director, said: “It’s no secret that we are seeing prices go up in many parts of the country, driven largely by the lack of properties coming onto the market. With more people now in a position to buy a home than at any point over the past few years, there are simply not enough properties to satisfy demand. The upshot of this is increasing prices in many areas and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

“That said, some of our members are have told us that, as the daffodils come out, more vendors could be looking to test the market as the traditional spring bounce begins to take effect. This can only be good news for a market that has seen supply struggle for a long, long time.”

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