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Housing market is seeing signs of life, according to Rightmove

- By Archie Mitchell

THE housing market is seeing signs of life after grinding to a halt last year, according to online estate agent rightmove.

It said that ‘ confidence is improving’ and the number of deals in recent weeks was just a tenth below pre-pandemic levels.

It comes after a slowdown in activity last year following a ‘frenetic’ 2021, rightmove said.

the company claimed Liz truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s september mini- Budget, which caused a spike in mortgage costs, led to a drop-off in deals in the last three months of 2022.

rightmove chief executive Peter Brooks- Johnson said people planning to buy houses ‘ stopped to think about their options’. And he added: ‘ the first few weeks of January were quiet, but since then we have seen confidence improving.

‘We have come back a long way and this year looks like it may be a bit quieter than 2019 but certainly within the realms of normal years.’

His comments came as it posted a 9pc rise in sales for 2022 to £332.6m, while company profits rose 7pc to £241.3m.

It was boosted by housebuild­ers, who usually sell their homes directly, turning to rightmove for assistance to sell homes during the market slowdown. the company raised its dividend by almost a tenth, to 8.5p per share, or a total of £68m. But its shares fell 1.1pc, or 6p, to 557.8p yesterday.

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