Research articles

Londoners heading out of town

Londoners, it seems, are on the move and they're heading out of town. In April 15%, or three out of 20 applicants, who registered in one of our branches outside London were from the capital.

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First-time buyers on the up

First-time buyers led the increase in demand to buy a home last month. In April, first-time buyers made up 44% of those searching for a property to buy, up from 24% in the same month last year.

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Hamptons Lettings Index April 2020

Lockdown has meant that we've all been moving less. Our latest lettings index shows that the average time to let a property in Great Britain rose to a record high in April.

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Lettings Index March 2020

Seven out of ten (70%) tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed, the highest level recorded in any March since 2008 when 77% of tenants renewed.

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Lettings Index February 2020

Cities in the South are now posting some of the country's strongest rental growth, widening the gap between them and the North.

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London Moves Report 2020

The link between London’s housing marketing and the rest of the country should not be underestimated. This research report explores the dynamics behind the moves between town and country.

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Lettings Index January 2020

The number of private landlords in Great Britain falls to 7 year low.

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International Buyers H2 2019

International buyers fall in Greater London in H2 2019, but Prime Central London bucks the trend.

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Space gain January 2020

Last year 73,000 people headed out of London bound for the country. For many it wasn't just the promise of a better work/life balance but the prospect of gaining more space.

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Lettings index December 2019

Last year tenants across Great Britain spent a record £62.4 billion on rent, £3.1 billion more than in 2018.

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London leavers bought 73,000 homes in 2019

Last year London leavers heading out of the capital bought 73,000 homes. While a significant number, this is 4% lower than the 2016 peak when 75,690 homes were purchased by Londoners.

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Monthly Lettings Index November 2019

Rental growth in Great Britain accelerated throughout 2019, moving back towards its long-term average.

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Selling off-market

The practice of selling London properties off-market is on the rise. So far this year 11% of sales in the capital were off-market.

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Proportion of homes bought with cash falls

As house prices have risen over time, the proportion of homes bought with cash has fallen to a record low.

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Monthly Lettings Index October 2019

Proportion of homes let by overseas based landlords rises for the first time since our records began in 2010.

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First-time buyers on the rise in London

First-time buyers purchased 44% of homes in the capital during the first three quarters of this year, reaching the highest level since our records began.

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Where London leavers move to

Whether renting or buying, our analysis shows that the majority of London leavers move to areas just outside Greater London.

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Areas more expensive than London

London has always been the most expensive region in the UK to buy a home, but house prices haven’t risen equally, meaning that the price gap between London and the rest of the country has widened.

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Retirees moving into London on the rise

Whilst Millennials are leaving the city in ever greater numbers to purchase homes, the number of retirees moving back into London has risen.

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Fall in sales of +£1million homes in London

The latest Land Registry figures show that 9% of homes sold in the capital in the first half of 2019 sold for over £1 million, down from 11% in the first half of 2018 and the first fall since 2012.

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House prices since the EU referendum

Since the EU referendum took place in 2016, property prices in areas that voted to leave have risen almost twice the rate of those that voted to remain.

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The UK economy since the EU referendum

Following the EU referendum in June 2016, sterling depreciated more than 10% against the dollar and has fluctuated ever since based on the chances of a deal.

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Average rent of a one bed property in London

The average rent of a one bedroom home in London has risen by 1.3% (year-on-year rental growth).

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Monthly Lettings Index September 2019

Proportion of homes let by accidental landlords falls for the first time in five years as tax changes loom.

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Monthly Lettings Index August 2019

Tenants in their 20s spend a third of their income on room rents. Brighton is the least affordable city to rent a room.

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Time to let a home falls to record low

The average time it took to let a property in Great Britain fell to 20 days during the first seven months of this year. This is the shortest time since our records began in January 2014.

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Monthly Lettings Index July 2019

Time to let a home falls to record low of 20 days.

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Prime Londoner on the move

Londoners are on the move, out to the country. Over the last 12 months, 43% of prime London movers said goodbye to the capital; a record proportion and significantly higher than the 33% low in 2013.

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Monthly Lettings Index June 2019

More than one in ten homes now let by company landlords; the highest level in 8 years.

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Monthly Lettings Index May 2019

Number of households rented by over 50’s rises 61% since 2012.

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Monthly Lettings Index April 2019

Landlords selling up made £79,770 average gross gain in 2018. Landlords selling in London made an average gross gain of nearly £250k.

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Monthly Lettings Index March 2019

59% of London-based landlords invest outside the capital. A 17% increase since pre-stamp duty surcharge which was introduced on second homes 3 years ago.

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Monthly Lettings Index February 2019

15% jump in the proportion of London landlords buying with cash.

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Prime & Country House market insight

Despite ongoing uncertainty resulting in a fall in the number of transactions in Great Britain last year, there were more +£2 million homes sold in the South last year than ever before.

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Monthly Lettings Index January 2019

Tenants spend £59.1 billion on rent in 2018. £1.9 billion less than in 2017 and the first annual fall in over 10 years.

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