Analysis shows levels of house price reductions across UK

Home sellers looking to secure a sale via an asking price reduction are doing so to the tune of nearly 20% on average, according to research by House Buyer Bureau.

The property company analysed the latest data on asking price reduction across the market in Britain to find the areas with the most homes for sale with a reduced asking price and the areas seeing the largest price reductions.

The research found that the average price of a reduced property currently on the market across Britain is £303,533, having seen a reduction of 19.8%.

Home sellers in Scotland who are currently adjusting their asking price expectations to the largest extent, with homes that have dropped in asking price reducing by an average of 21.3% in the current market.

The North East is also home to one of the largest average asking price reductions, with homes seeing a -21.1% correction, followed by Wales (-20.8%), the West Midlands (-20.6%) and East Midlands (-20.5%).

The South East is home to the highest proportion of asking price reduced properties, accounting for 21% of current market listings with a price reduction. London also ranks high at 15%, followed by the North West (12%), East of England (11%) and South West (10%).

Chris Hodgkinson, managing director of House Buyer Bureau, commented: “The market has certainly slowed in recent months and as a result, we’re simply not seeing the same frantic activity from buyers offering way above the odds just to secure their chosen property.

“However, what’s clear from these latest figures is that many sellers haven’t yet accepted this fact and are continuing to enter the market at a very high price point, far above the average sold price benchmark.

“It’s this unrealistic expectation that is forcing them to drop their asking price in order to drum up interest. With many industry sources now showing that sold prices are also starting to slide, sellers are also choosing to slash their asking price to entice buyers at a faster rate to secure the best price they can.”


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