Have you been thinking of moving home, but keep putting it off until 2022? With the new year just around the corner, A leading property website says it is seeing lots of home-hunters starting to put their moving plans into action.
Rightmove says there are signs of a ‘closer to normal’ market in 2022
The kind of frenzied market we’ve seen in the last 18 months happens only a few times in most home-owners’ buying and selling lifetimes, says Rightmove property expert Tim Bannister. This has been made even more intense alongside the even rarer event of a global pandemic, which has pushed homes higher up most people’s priorities.
But as 2021 draws to a close, we expect to see a ‘closer to normal’ housing market in 2022 — albeit still a busy one. Property valuation requests from home-owners have increased, which is a sign there will be more homes available to buy.
And while Covid continues to have an ever-changing impact, we’re starting to see signs of a return to traditional norms, including seasonal fluctuations in house prices. Rightmove are used to seeing a dip in asking prices in December, as home-hunters put moving plans off until after the Christmas festivities. And this month, the national average asking price of a home is £340,167, which is down 0.7% (-£2,234) on the month, compared to a relatively similar fall this time a year ago.
2022 will remain a strong sellers’ market
If you do decide to sell your home in the new year, your chances of a finding a buyer are very high, as we’re still seeing huge levels of buyer demand, and not enough homes available to buy.
Despite this month’s seasonal price fall, Rightmove expect asking prices to rise by another 5% in 2022. However, it’s really important to set the right asking price. Despite high demand, buyers will have limits to what they can afford or are prepared to pay. Good local estate agents can help, as they can share their evidence for setting and justifying the right asking price.
If you’ve already started the search for your next home, you’ll know how few properties there are currently for sale, which means you’ll be facing stiff competition from other buyers.
The good news is there should be some fresh property choice coming to market in 2022, as ‘new year resolution sellers’ look to take advantage of the traditional Boxing Day bounce in buyer demand.
In fact, the website has seen property valuation requests on Rightmove jump by 19% compared to this time a year ago, which is a strong sign that previously hesitant sellers are now looking to make a move.
To be in pole-position in the race for the best property, you need to have greater buying power than the rest of the field.