Home sizes are a vital gauge of the character of housing stock in a locality. The chart here might surprise you a bit as lots of people think that everyone lives in the same kind of home as them but there are large minorities of people living different types of home.
An analysis of monthly changes in house prices should always be taken with a pinch of salt, particularly when looking at a very local area. To try to strip out some of the nuances, we’ve displayed flats and houses separately but you’ll see the usual amount of volatility.
The quarterly sales chart for the local area provides a detailed overview on how the market has performed in the last couple of years. Here we show the total number of property transactions every quarter. This is a useful way to look at how market liquidity has changed since the previous year, whilst accounting for seasonality.
If you venture online, pick up a paper, or watch the news, any mention of the property market in the UK comes with a measure of doom and gloom these days. However, interest rates are still very low and are not likely to rocket up, so it’s not a remotely dangerous time to buy or sell a home. Here are our three reasons homeowners should be optimistic about the prospects for the property market in SK4.
Commuting patterns are a significant barometer of the profile of people in a property market. For example in areas where most people travel to work by car, there tend to be more even property price distributions across the local market. On the other hand when people mostly travel by train or underground, there are big price hot spots around the stations.
Over the last twelve months we’ve seen pretty strong performance in the local market. We wanted to see how different property types have performed, so we indexed the values at the start of the period. Property data updates quite slowly, so we’ve estimated the last 3 months.
This chart nicely reveals how sales levels have played out over the last seven months in our area. We’re looking at a relatively tight area over relatively short periods of time, so you don’t get the nice smooth patterns you’d see using annualised analyses or at higher levels of geography. The patterns however, are very revealing.
Have you ever been told about the ‘golden rules’ you should abide by to get a quick sale? Perhaps you have heard comments like, ‘catch the property season’, ‘spend money to make money’ and ‘price high and accept low’. Unfortunately, achieving the optimum sale requires you to navigate highly changeable market conditions.
We’ve used a donut chart (excuse the American spelling) to illustrate the mix of properties that have sold in the last 12 months. Given the profile of the housing stock in the area, there’s nothing too surprising here, but it’s interesting to see how the different types of properties are represented in the local market.