New property for sale figures down across the UK

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The number of new properties being listed by estate agents fell by 6.6% across the UK in August, adding to the lack of properties on the market for sale, new research has found. The biggest month on month fall was in Taunton where the number fell 31.1% new property listings in Loughborough dropped 28.5% despite seeing a significant increase of 12.6% the previous month. In London the lack of supply is reaching critical levels, according to the supply index compiled by online estate agent House Simple. The number of Londoners putting their properties on the market has fallen dramatically over the summer, with new property listings down 24.8% since June. The index, compiled from data relating to the number of new properties listed on Rightmove every month in more than 100 major towns and cities across the UK and all London boroughs, shows that the Midlands and South of England have been the worst hit regions in August, with 12 of the 15 cities experiencing the biggest drop in new property listings last month in these areas. It also reveals that since the start of June, not a single borough in London has seen an overall rise in new property listings. Kensington and Chelsea has been the worst affected borough with new property listings down 43.6% since the start of June, while the borough of Haringey saw new stock levels fall 36% since the start of the summer. ‘Across the country there are thousands of frustrated buyers, with finance in place, ready to purchase, but the property supply reservoir has dried up,’ said Alex Gosling, the firm’s chief executive officer. ‘They must be scratching their heads as to why sellers aren’t marketing, as there’s no clear or single reason why sellers are sitting on their hands. The general election was expected to be the catalyst for sellers returning to the market,’ he pointed out. ‘We would expect to see activity drop off over the summer holidays, so September will give us a better gauge as to how imbalanced supply and demand are right now. The hope is that after a summer when supply fell off a cliff, sellers will rediscover their appetite over the coming months,’ he concluded. Taylor Scott International

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