Surge in num­ber of house hunters

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THERE are sig­nif­i­cantly more house hunters in the mar­ket com­pared with this time last year, but first-time buyer num­bers have fallen again, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Es­tate Agents (NAEA).

Fig­ures from the NAEA Oc­to­ber hous­ing mar­ket re­port show a 25 per cent in­crease. Buy­ing a house as a cou­ple was the most pop­u­lar method seen by agents, with nine out of ten prop­er­ties be­ing sold to pairs. Only six per cent of prop­er­ties were sold to in­di­vid­u­als.

First-time buyer fig­ures dropped, from 25 per cent in Septem­ber to 24 per cent last month. There was also a sharp drop in prop­er­ties avail­able for sale in Oc­to­ber, fall­ing by seven per cent over the month.

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