• Compare agents
  • Search by area
    Most popular areas:
    Search by area
  • Tools & Guides
    Tools & Calculators
    Guides & Checklists
  • Blog
  • Compare agents
  • Search by area
    • London
    • Birmingham
    • Bristol
    • Leeds
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester
    • Nottingham
    • Sheffield
    Search by area
  • Tools & Guides
    • Online House Valuation

      See how much your house is worth - get a free instant estimate of your home's value.

    • House Prices By Area

      Check out house price trends across the UK by postcode or town.

    • Estate Agent Fees

      Find out more about estate agents’ fees, contracts, and the service you should expect.

    • EPC Checker

      Check whether your home already has a valid EPC - for free.

    • Listing Monitor

      Already on the market? See how your online property advert is going.

  • Blog
© GetAgent Limited 2022
  1. Blog
  2. Property news of the week: August 27th 2021
Property news
27 August 2021

Property news of the week: August 27th 2021

Sam Edwards
a folded newspaper lying next to a cup of coffee on a wooden table

Table of contents

  1. 1. UK house sales nosedived in July
  2. 2. Home buyers flock to coastal addresses

With the Stamp Duty deadline over and done, the UK housing market has been left to recuperate following its blazing period through March to June. As many experts predicted, house sales have experienced a decline. House prices however, are continuing to soar thanks to a sustained demand from UK house buyers. This demand is particularly notable in England’s coastal addresses. An onslaught of buyers looking to relocate from cities has seen the average price of some seaside areas increase by over £100,000.

UK house sales nosedived in July

On the back-end of June’s Stamp Duty deadline, July saw UK house sales nosedive by almost two-thirds after home buyers rushed to complete the purchase of their new homes. While the end of the Stamp Duty deadline has tempered the number of house sales, their prices are still on the high. June's UK House Price Index report observed an increase of 4.5% with an average price of £265,668.

Diminishing house sales and rising house prices have done nothing to reduce buyer demand, with Zoopla reporting an increase of 20.5% above the 2020 average. The Guardian has cited ‘the pandemic and growth of home working’ as key factors to this strong demand.

With almost two years of lockdowns under their belts, it's no wonder that the average UK buyer is searching for greater space and comfort. Unfortunately, The Telegraph’s Rachel Mortimer has reported this ‘acute’ shortage of homes for sale could last well into 2022. With a depleted stock and a sustained demand, it’s unlikely that house prices will go down before the end of 2021.

Home buyers flock to coastal addresses

Last month, we revealed the top eight postcodes where house prices surged by almost £100,000, with sunny countryside counties like Cornwall and South Hampshire among the most popular.

This heightened interest in coastal addresses suggests a shift in buyer attention from traditional city hotspots. In a similar study of 120 coastal areas, Rightmove recorded an increase of 115% in city dwellers enquiring about homes for sale in coastal locations. They concluded that this interest could increase competition among buyers.

While coastal addresses are no doubt seeing a surge in popularity, Zoopla has curtailed any doubts that London might suffer as a result. In their 23rd July press release, they reported that the demand for properties is ‘more concentrated’ in London, with average buyers searching for new homes within a five mile radius.

Ready to compare agents?

It takes 2 minutes. 100% free. No obligation.

Related posts
House prices have risen by nearly 50% since the last Financial Crisis
House prices have risen by nearly 50% since the last Financial Crisis
House prices have risen by nearly 50% since last Financial Crisis
How do house prices compare to 2008? Read our exclusive piece to find out more.
Read more


  • For agents
  • About us
  • Careers
  • FAQs

Get in touch

  • 020 3608 6556
  • Our lines are closed
The Estate Agent comparison site

Copyright © 2022 GetAgent Limited

We are a company registered in England & Wales, company number 09428979.

Privacy policyTerms of use
GetAgent Facebook iconGetAgent Twitter icon