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Property market confidence soars to highest level for 4 years

15th January 2014

  • UK homeowners predict 7.2% increase in property prices over first half of year
  • 92% of homeowners expecting property prices to rise between now & summer
  • Londoners most confident with 98% of owners in capital saying prices will rise
  • Biggest increases in confidence seen in North signalling a broadening recovery

UK homeowners are predicting that house prices will rise 7.2% between now and summer, up from 5.7% just three months ago and from 3.2% this time last year, making it the most upbeat forecast in four years, according to the latest Zoopla Housing Market Sentiment Survey.

The survey of 7,796 UK homeowners by Zoopla found that 92% of homeowners expect house prices in their area to rise over the next six months, up from 65% last year and the highest proportion on record. Only 3% of homeowners predict house prices will fall over the first half of this year, down from 19% at this time one year ago.

The survey further revealed that as homeowner confidence is buoyed, there has also been an increase in those considering buying a property over the next six months in the first half of 2014 – up to 22% from 19% back in September.

Londoners remain the most optimistic about the state of the property market, with 98% expecting a further rise in property values in the capital during the first half of the year and predicting average price growth of 9.6% over this period, above the national average of 7.2%.

In a positive sign for the broadening out of the market recovery, the most significant jump in confidence can be found in the North with Yorkshire and The Humber and the North West where the proportion of owners who believe property prices will increase over the next six months has risen from 84% to 88% in just 3 months. At the other end of the spectrum, homeowners in Wales are the least bullish on house prices currently, with only 85% of homeowners predicting a rise in property prices by June.

Lawrence Hall of Zoopla.co.uk comments: “Across the country, homeowners are starting the New Year far more positive about the health of the property market. Early indicators suggest that we can look forward to a busy first few months to 2014, as current levels of confidence are likely to fuel more transactions. With 2013 characterised by the wave of government initiatives to lure first-time buyers onto the property ladder, 2014 could well be the year we see activity levels increase significantly.”

Proportion of homeowners expecting prices to rise by June
Region Rise (%) Flat (%) Fall (%)
London 98% 2% 1%
South East England 96% 3% 1%
East of England 95% 3% 1%
South West England 94% 4% 2%
West Midlands 93% 5% 2%
East Midlands 89% 7% 2%
Yorkshire and The Humber 88% 8% 4%
Scotland 88% 7% 4%
North West England 88% 8% 4%
North East England 87% 8% 5%
Wales 85% 7% 9%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk (January 2014)

% homeowners expect property values to increase by June
Region Now 1 year ago
London 9.6% 5.8%
East of England 7.5% 3.4%
South East England 7.5% 2.5%
North West England 7.3% 2.4%
South West England 7.3% 3.6%
West Midlands 6.9% 3.5%
Scotland 6.3% 4.2%
East Midlands 6.1% 3.1%
Yorkshire and The Humber 5.8% 4.6%
North East England 5.7% 3.3%
Wales 5.5% 1.8%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk (January 2014)

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For further information, please contact Tim Vooght at pr@zoopla.co.uk or on 020 3872 5615.

Notes to editors

Zoopla is the UK's most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering users with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help consumers both find their next home and research the market by combining hundreds of thousands of property listings with market data, local information and community tools.

At Zoopla we are fans of transparency and everything we do is aimed at making the market more efficient for both property consumers and advertisers alike. Zoopla has rapidly become the UK’s leading online destination for property consumers to search for homes and do their market research and the favoured online marketing partner for UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers.

Launched in 2008, Zoopla has since been one of the fastest growing websites in the UK, now attracting over 40 million visits per month and we are proud to have collected numerous awards and accolades along the way, including being named one of the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and one of the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta).

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