Leeds estate agents issue 'promising' forecast for city's housing market in 2024

Leeds can look forward to a "promising" housing marking this year, a local estate agent claims.
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In the month of 2024, the average asking price of a newly listed home rose by 1.3%, with 5% more buyer demand and a massive 20% increase in agreed sales nationally in the first week of 2024 compared to the same period last year, according to Rightmove.

Prices are however still 0.7% lower nationally than this time last year, although Yorkshire and the Humber is one of several regions where asking prices have increased in the past 12 months.

A local estate agent gives a promising forecast of the 2024 housing market. Picture by AFP via Getty ImagesA local estate agent gives a promising forecast of the 2024 housing market. Picture by AFP via Getty Images
A local estate agent gives a promising forecast of the 2024 housing market. Picture by AFP via Getty Images
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Rightmove’s data currently shows year on year growth of 0.6%, while nationally, the number of new properties coming onto the market for sale is 15% higher than in the same period last year.

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley, which several offices across Leeds, said: “It’s early days but Rightmove’s early snapshot of buyer and seller activity since the start of the year is tentatively promising for those looking to move in 2024 after what was a hesitant 2023.

“The figures show that both buyer and seller activity has increased compared to last January, shortly after the mini-Budget debacle, which shows how confidence is returning and this is certainly a trend that we’ve seen in Yorkshire, where buyer demand remains good.

“This is boosted further by borrowing rates which are likely to continue falling as lenders compete for business. Crucially, the supply and opportunity for buyers has also returned towards more normal levels thus reducing anxiety about the onward move.

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"I believe we will continue to see a return to a more active market, with consistent and positive sales volumes and even a little more price growth within our core Yorkshire area this year.”

Tim Bannister, director of property science at Rightmove, added: “After a stop-start market in 2023, the initial signs suggest a smoother year for movers in 2024. More new sellers are now entering the market, and with more confident pricing.

"While the increased level of buyer activity that we’re also seeing may justify some of this increased pricing confidence from sellers, it’s important that sellers who are keen to find a buyer don’t get carried away with New Year enthusiasm when setting their price expectations.

"Elevated mortgage rates and the wider cost-of-living squeeze are still limiting buyers’ spending power. Accurate and realistic pricing for their local area is the recipe for success for sellers looking to get moving in 2024, and it’s been proven that over-optimistic pricing makes a move much less likely.

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“Rightmove’s whole-of-market data puts us in a position to see the very earliest signs of activity in the market, and the number of new listings, buyer enquiries to agents, and sales being agreed are encouraging early indicators. Combined with our more recent Mortgage in Principle data, the numbers suggest that many are taking action to make their move in 2024, perhaps including some who paused last year due to the more unsteady mortgage market.”