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Average price tag on a home jumped by about £3,300 in January – Rightmove

The average price tag on a home jumped by £3,301 in January, following some dips at the end of 2022, according to a property website.

Across Britain the average asking price is now £362,438, which is 0.9% higher than in December, Rightmove said.

January’s increase in the typical price tag on a newly-marketed property follows two months of falls, with average asking prices now £8,720 lower than a peak reached in October.

Rightmove said that a rise in asking prices would normally be expected in January.

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property science, said: “The seasonal increase in new-seller asking prices this January from December is particularly encouraging for movers who are looking for the reassurance of familiar trends and a calmer, more measured market after the rapidly changing and at times chaotic economic climate of the final few months of last year.

Rightmove's house price map
Changes in average asking prices across Britain (Rightmove/PA)

“However, while average asking prices did rise in January, they are still £8,720 less than their peak in October.

“The early-bird sellers who are already on the market and have priced correctly are likely to reap the benefits of the bounce in buyer activity, while over-valuing sellers may get caught out as property stock builds over the next few weeks and months, and they experience more competition from other better-priced sellers in their area.”

Rightmove said the volume of prospective buyers sending inquiries to estate agents about homes has jumped in recent weeks, in a sign of pent-up demand.

On January 5, the number of people sending a request to an estate agent to value their home was the third largest on Rightmove’s records.

But even with the prospect of more sellers coming to market, the number of available homes for sale is still below long-term norms, the website said.

Mr Bannister said: “We expect that the full effect of affordability constraints and last year’s mortgage rate rises will hold back some segments of the market in the first half of the year, but our leading market indicators may start to identify some green shoots of growth that will go on to strengthen in the second half of 2023.”