Clare Phillips, Partner at Phillips George looks at current trends in the local housing market
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Clare Phillips, Partner at Phillips George looks at current trends in the local housing market.
With the current situation with coronavirus and the introduction of greater, flexible working opportunities, people are reassessing their lives and the way they live. Despite the onset of a UK recession, a major decline in UK house prices is unlikely, with a house price growth increase of two-three per cent predicted by the end of 2020.
Last year first time buyers were the biggest group of purchasers. October 2020 data shows existing homeowners to be the biggest group of buyers this year, with 75 per cent of those aged over 45. Older homeowners traditionally moved home less often, but the impact of the pandemic may have started to change this historic market trend, as more older home owners decide to move on.
People are thinking more about how and where they live in the wake of lockdown and this means between June to August the UK housing market witnessed a significant increase of 31 per cent in sales agreed in rural areas, compared to an 18 per cent rise in urban areas.
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Clare has been in the industry since 1998. Her career started as an administrator and she has worked through each role in estate agency from negotiator, sales progressor, valuer, manager and culminating in opening Phillips George as a co-founding partner. Through Clare’s career she has obtained professional qualifications with both NAEA (national association of estate agents) and ARLA (association of residential letting agents) to ensure that she delivers a first class service to all of her clients. Clare’s favourite part of estate agency and lettings is helping customers achieve their goals and making the process as smooth as possible for them.