Rightmove's House Price Index May 2023
By Taylor Brown
23rd May 2023

Rightmove's House Price Index for May 2023 is out and it's showing some interesting trends in the UK property market, here is a summary of the key points from the Rightmove House Price Index report for May 2023 -

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    The national average asking price for May 2023 is £372,894, which is a 1.8% monthly increase and a 1.5% annual increase. This is a new record high.
  2. 2
    The average price of property coming to the market has jumped by 1.8% this month, which is significantly higher than the historic average May rise of 1.0%.
  3. 3
    Agreed sales numbers are currently just 3% behind the last more normal pre-pandemic market of 2019.
  4. 4
    The discount from final asking price to agreed sale price has steadied at an average of 3.1%, reflecting home-mover confidence in the market outlook.
  5. 5
    There are signs of over-optimism in the top-of-the-ladder sector, with buyer demand 1% lower than in 2019 for these properties.
  6. 6
    Average mortgage rates are remaining steady despite another increase in the Bank of England base rate.
  7. 7
    The average discount from the final asking price to the agreed sale price has steadied at an average of 3.1%, in line with pre-pandemic market levels.
  8. 8
    The number of buyers enquiring to agents about homes for sale is now 3% higher than at this time in the last more normal market of 2019.
  9. 9
    The market is still very price-sensitive and it is important that new sellers do not damage their prospects of a sale by overpricing initially and reducing later.
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    The report also includes views from agents and regional trends. Agents highlight the importance of accurate initial pricing and the continued demand for good homes in key residential areas. Regional trends show variations in price changes across different areas.

Please note that this is a summary and the full report contains more detailed information and analysis.

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