A £2,000 increase in the average price of properties has been recorded when comparing January 2018 with December last year in the UK market.
However, total sales are down by 5.5% when compared with the same month in 2017.
According to Rightmove, they have received 4 million visits per day to their website, signaling an increased level of interest in the sector.
The average time to sell a property has increased to 67 days compared to 55 last summer, indicating that sellers are having a hard time when compared with recent history.
Rightmove says that the level of activity typical between the start of the year and late spring due to many wanting to move during the summer school holidays, is not at the usual high level.
London housing prices have continued to fall with an average price of £600,926, which is down 1.4% for the month of January and 3.4% over the last year.
Property forecasters are predicting that house prices will remain flat in 2018 in most instances (Patrick Collinson, Guardian, January 2018).
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Average UK property asking price up £2,000, says Rightmove