Industry insiders from around the country are telling EAT that even after only two weeks of the year, demand is up.
“It’s been the busiest start to a January I can remember for a long time, but realistic pricing still seems crucial” says agent Jonathan Cunliffe of Savills in Truro.
A spokesman for Reallymoving.com - a comparison site for people wanting removals, conveyancing, surveys and other transaction-related services - says: “We’ve had 106 per cent more registrations in the first two weeks of 2014 than in the same period of 2013”.
“There have been more instructions and sales: it’s been busier all round. Buyer and seller perception of the market has swung in a positive manner” notes Oliver Symons of Henley estate agency Ballards.
And Jane Summers of Devon agency March and Petit says: “Viewings are still strong into the new year. We’re agreeing some sales in January.”
All of this proves absolutely nothing but it shows that agents are seeing on the ground in recent days the momentum shown in a string of house prices indices over recent weeks.