Telephone calls taken for estate and letting agents increased dramatically in a number of high-end London postcodes since the general election earlier this month.
The claim comes from call monitoring service Moneypenny, which says that valuation calls in the SW, N and NW postcodes increased by 28% between May 8 and May 20.
Moneypenny also reports that lettings calls increased by 14% and viewings calls by 3% in these postcodes during the same period.
The picture was less dramatic in Greater London with comparative figures showing an 8% upturn in valuation calls, viewings up 4% and letting enquiries decreasing by 6%.
Throughout the rest of the UK, the call patterns present a more complicated picture.
Outside of the capital, viewing calls are down 2% post-election, compared to a 6% rise in the first week of May when set against the first week of April.
Similarly valuation calls which had been up 10% in early May, fell by 5%, while lettings calls which had been up by 15%, also fell overall by 3%, according to Moneypenny.
“Certainly in the immediate aftermath of the general election, particularly during the first weekend after the result was announced, we were flat out meeting demand as agents struggled to keep on top of all their calls,” says Nicola Jackson, property team manager at Monneypenny.
In comparison to the weekend before David Cameron’s victory, the weekend after the slim majority was confirmed saw a 5% jump in calls to agents nationwide, Jackson says.
Lettings calls during this time jumped 9%, compared to the pre-election weekend.
“While there are fluctuations, we are seeing many highly encouraging signs for the sector which we hope will be reflected across the whole of the UK, and bode well for the rest of the year,” Jackson concludes.