Thursday, 19 July 2018

Is Chichester’s property market ready for a Summer holiday?

England’s World Cup dream is over and the weather could be taking a turn for the worse…it must nearly be the Summer holidays then! Traditionally these six weeks are seen as a dead spot in the calendar when it comes to the property market and I’m regularly being asked of late if I (as a letting agent) am quiet at the moment. I’ve listed a stack of properties in the past fortnight and having let them all, providing me with a plethora of move-ins to undertake in August (but nothing else available to let as I type) the answer is no, the lettings market is as busy as ever!

From my experience, the lettings market is far less cyclical than sales in this regard. Whilst certain types of property don’t follow this, such as student properties, in general there are always tenants looking for a new home, whereas the sales market has definite peaks and troughs throughout the year.

To illustrate this, I took a look at how many properties were sold in Chichester month-by-month in 2017:

At first glance, with August having the second most property sales, you might conclude the Summer holidays is actually a very busy time for selling property! Technically that’s true, but mainly for the solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers getting the property transaction to completion. Bear in mind that the time from an offer being accepted to the sale being completed (which is when the above figures are then tallied) is likely to take 8-12 weeks. Therefore, the estate agents work of ‘selling’ the property is done a few months prior to when the data is recorded.

That translates as August’s ‘sales’ being tallied in November, where 146 sales were reported. This is the third fewest throughout the year, with just April (145) and May (143) being marginally lower - whereby January / February would have most likely been when the viewings were conducted and the offers accepted.

Canny buyers could of course see the above as an opportunity. With knowledge of these quieter times (August being one of them) it can actually be a great time to do some haggling and negotiate a decent price for a property whilst activity is low.

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(This article was featured in the Chichester Observer's property section on July 19, 2018)

Clive Janes, CRJ Lettings

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