How the 13.6% Saleability Drop in the Low Fell Property Market Might Impact Your 2024 Home Moving Plans

How the 13.6% Saleability Drop in the Low Fell Property Market Might Impact Your 2024 Home Moving Plans

Property Sarah Mains 22nd December 2023

The Low Fell housing market, like many others, has experienced a notable shift in 2023. 

 

The percentage of home sales agreed and moved (completed) compared to those withdrawn from the market unsold has decreased relative to 2022.

 

Looking at independent data for the Low Fell area (NE9) …

 

In 2022, 79.4% of properties that left the books of Low Fell estate agents agreed a sale, exchanged contracts, and the owners moved home

 

(506 Low Fell area properties exchanged and completed vs 131 properties that withdrew from the agent’s books, unsold).

 

In 2023, 68.6% of properties that have left the books of Low Fell estate agents agreed a sale, exchanged contracts, and the owners moved home

 

(462 Low Fell area properties exchanged and completed vs 211 properties that withdrew from the agent’s books, unsold up to the 20th December 2023), meaning there has been a …

 

13.6% proportional reduction in the saleability of

Low Fell homes between 2022 and 2023

 

It's interesting to compare that with the North East regional and national stats for both years. 

 

In the North East, 67.92% of properties were exchanged, completed, and moved in 2022, compared to 58.32% in 2023, a drop of 14.1%. Nationally, 65.55% of properties were exchanged, completed and moved in 2022 compared to 52.39% in 2023, a decline of 20.1%.

 

This could raise concerns among Low Fell homeowners and potential sellers. As a seasoned estate agent in Low Fell, I have observed these trends closely and offer insights into this phenomenon and strategies to enhance your home's saleability in 2024.

 

Understanding the Dip in Saleability in Low Fell

 

Economic Influences: much like the rest of the UK, Low Fell has been subject to financial pressures such as inflation and Bank of England interest rate increases. These factors have affected buyer affordability, leading to a more cautious approach to home purchasing.

 

Market Saturation and Buyer's Market: 2023 saw a surge in Low Fell properties on the market. This increase changed the Low Fell property market from a strong seller's market to a balanced market or even a buyer's market in some parts of Low Fell throughout 2023, where the availability of choices led to a more selective purchasing behaviour.

 

Changing Buyer Preferences: In Low Fell, buyer preferences have evolved. There's a growing demand for properties that offer flexible living spaces, energy efficiency, and modern amenities, which not all available homes meet.

 

Local Economic and Social Factors: Low Fell's local economic and social developments, such as job market shifts and community developments, have also played a role in influencing the housing market dynamics.

 

Six Tips to Maximising Your Low Fell Home's Saleability in 2024

 

Low Fell properties are still selling, yet not at the rate they were in 2021 and 2022. 

 

Just under 14 out of 20 Low Fell people in 2023 have sold and moved (i.e., the 68.6% figure mentioned above). If you want to avoid being in the 6 out of 20 Low Fell people who were unable to sell and move this year, there are some things that you can do to stack the cards in your favour.

 

To start with, the saleability levels in Low Fell in 2023 are very similar to the saleability rates between 2014 and 2019. 

 

1. Strategic Pricing: Understanding the Low Fell market is critical. Homes priced correctly from the outset are more likely to attract serious buyers. This requires a deep understanding of the local market trends, something a knowledgeable estate agent can provide.

 

2. Tailoring to Buyer Preferences: Align your Low Fell home with current trends. This could mean investing in creating flexible work-from-home spaces, upgrading energy systems, or modernising key areas like kitchens and bathrooms. However, before you start spending tens of thousands of pounds on this, please do pick up the phone so I can give you the best advice for the type of property you own in Low Fell. I have lost count of the number of times I've seen a Low Fell homeowner spend money on the wrong things without advice, only to find the money they spent did nothing for the value of their home nor made it more saleable. 

 

 

3. Effective Marketing: Utilise a comprehensive marketing strategy that includes high-quality photography, possibly virtual tours, and leveraging online social media and portals. As experts in the Low Fell property market, we can target the correct demographic and present your home in its best light.

 

4. Preparing for Viewings: First impressions matter. Ensure your Low Fell home is well-presented, clean, and decluttered. We can offer personalised advice on the presentation of your home to appeal to potential buyers.

 

5. Flexibility and Negotiation: Be prepared for negotiation and show flexibility in terms of viewing times and conditions of sale. This approach can make your property more appealing compared to others on the market.

 

6. Capitalising on Local Knowledge: Low Fell's unique charm and amenities should be highlighted. As a local market expert in the town, I can help showcase these aspects effectively to potential buyers.

 

The decrease in the saleability rate in Low Fell reflects broader economic trends and evolving buyer preferences. However, with the right approach and strategies, selling your home in 2024 can be a realistic and successful endeavour. 

 

By understanding the Low Fell market, pricing strategically, aligning with buyer preferences, and utilising effective marketing and presentation techniques, you can significantly enhance your chances of a successful sale.

 

As a Low Fell property market expert, I offer more than just transactional advice; I provide insights into what makes our local Low Fell market tick. By partnering with a knowledgeable estate agent, you can confidently navigate these challenging times and maximise your chances of a successful home sale in 2024.

 

   
 

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