More than one in four house sales in the first quarter of 2015 failed to complete according to a quick sale company.
Data compiled by Quick Move Now claims that the house sale fall through rate for January, February and March was 27.35 per cent.
In terms of historical context, the firm says pre-recession fall through rates sat at just 9.09 per cent in early 2006, but by 2008 had increased to 45.55 per cent.
The company - which says it has an annual turnover of £42m having bought over 5,000 properties since being set up in 1998 - also suggests the fall-through rate could in fact be higher were it not for quick sale companies intervening.
“Looking at the fall through figures post-recession, it’s clear that the market is on its way to recovery [but] the longer the chain of people involved in a house sale, the higher the chance the sale will fail to successfully complete” says Quick Move Now spokeswoman Nikki Tollafield.