TwentyCi Property & Homemover Report: Q1 2018

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Published quarterly, TwentyCi’s Property & Homemover Report is a comprehensive review of the UK property market, created from the most robust property change sources available – providing a real time review of the UK market and covering 96.6% of all property moves (both sales and rentals).

This ‘state of the nation’ report provides unique insight into the people behind the numbers, creating a picture of the demographic, regional and socio-economic factors impacting the housing market including:

  • Factual data (not modelled or sentiment-based)
  • Full market coverage 
  • Demographic overlay
  • Property sales data
  • Property rental data
  • Real-time data

Key take-outs for Q1 2018

• Confidence is building. Nationally, property exchanges are up nearly 8% compared to Q1 2017,
suggesting a continued building of confidence, stability and momentum in the market. Following the
usual Q4 slowdown, Q1 has seen 100,000 more properties come on to the market. 
• London is changing.
Within inner London, asking prices are down 4% year on year, but the number of
exchanges is up 8% in the same period. Prices are probably subdued by the pathway to Brexit and the
international makeup of the market.
• Smaller homes are on the rise.
Over half of all exchanges in Q1 were made on terraced and semidetached
houses, up 17% year on year. Nearly 1 in 5 exchanges were represented by a flat, up 10% year
on year, reflecting the change in the composition of our housing stock, with flats dominating our large
towns and cities.
• Baby boomers are on the move.
The Silver Economy is still showing good levels of growth year on
year, with 46% more property exchanges in Q1 2018 compared to Q1 2017. The active growth in the
property market for the 55+ age groups is undoubtedly fuelled by a combination of pension drawdown
and equity retrieval as the baby boom generation accesses the wealth accumulated in their properties
and pensions.
• Commuting can be cost-effective.
The reduction and scheduled ending of Severn Crossing toll
charges is already showing significant benefits for those commuting from South Wales to Bristol, with
house prices dropping by up to £6k for every mile you move further across the border. And all for less
than an hour’s commute.