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Some new movers pause while agreed deals rush to complete

The average price of property coming to the market has increased by 0.9% (£3,398) in the month of October to a new record of £371,158, according to Rightmove. However, this 0.9% rise is a softening from the five-year average rise in October of 1.2%

A new asking price record may seem surprising given the market uncertainty that followed the government’s mini-budget in late September, but it will take time for any impact to filter through to house prices.

There is also little sign of downwards price pressure on existing properties for sale, with the number of reductions up 2% on last month to 23% of all properties reduced, which is still much lower than the pre-pandemic five-year average of 32%. 

Tim Bannister at Rightmove said: “What’s going to happen to house prices is understandably on the minds of many home-movers right now, especially following the market uncertainty after the government’s mini-budget. There has been no immediate effect on prices, but the trend of a slight softening in the pace of growth continues.

“It will take a bit of time for the market to settle in to a new, more ‘normal’ level of activity following over two years of market frenzy, especially with new developments happening almost daily at the moment.”

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