RICS survey results - Sales pick up to 16 month high


inheritance-tax-for-web.jpg Sales have picked up across the UK to reach a 16-month high, the RICS said this morning. It said that agreed sales have risen at the fastest rate since May 2014, that prices have risen further across all parts of the UK, and that demand continues to outweigh supply. It is the fifth consecutive month that the RICS has reported an increase in sales, and the sixth where it has reported a rise in demand.

However, the RICS sent out a warning signal, saying: “Although activity is picking up, the ongoing lack of new instructions and the resulting limited stock on the market continue to be an issue for the sustainability of the market. “The number of new instructions has fallen in 13 of the last 14 months.”

RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn said: “The indications are that we are locked in a cycle where the lack of available properties on agents’ books is itself deterring some potential vendors from thinking about putting their own property on the market. “Against this backdrop, it is hard not to see prices continuing to move higher over the coming months and into the early part of 2016, notwithstanding the present concerns regarding the affordability of housing in some areas of the UK.”

The RICS reported a similar story on lettings, with tenant demand up, outstripping supply.