There’s been a huge surge of public interest in the housing market again, just hours after the industry lockdown came to an end.
Data from Rightmove shows that visits to the portal were up 45 per cent in the key 0700-0800 hour this morning compared to the same period 24 hours earlier.
There were also 2,115 new properties added to the portal in the first six hours of agencies returning to business.
Email enquiries sent to agents by the portal rose 70 per cent.
The market was beginning to lift off even before restrictions were lifted, with yesterday - Tuesday - being the busiest day of the seven weeks of lockdown in terms of visits to Rightmove.
The portal’s commercial director Miles Shipside says: “These are clear signs that the news from the government has prompted more home-hunters to start looking for their next home, and we anticipate further uplift in activity once agents have time to adjust to the new social distancing guidance specific to the home moving sector. Home movers who have been eagerly waiting to take their home moving plans to the next stage should show some patience with agents given the unexpected announcement, to ensure there’s time to adapt to the new guidelines and ensure everyone is kept safe.”