The property world has not come to an end, despite what the papers say

Here is some cheering news from Christopher Watkin, using data from Twenty EA. It goes to show that despite what the popular press might have us believe, the property world has not come to an end.


For the first 8 weeks of every Q4 (i.e. like for like) – so that’s all of October and most of November, these were the AVERAGE number of house sales agreed PER WEEK (i.e. went SSTC) in the UK:

2016 19,005

2017 17,873

2018 19,398

2019 20,309

Then we had a couple of boom years:

2020 29,455

2021 24,711

and now end of the world (according to the newspapers)

2022 18,399

Watkin says:
“Not so end of the world is it ? – just going back to the ways things were pre-lockdown.

“It’s tough out there – but it’s not end of the world like the newspapers say.”

He also sent EYE this graphic with the data from the most recent week alone – which Watkin is happy for agents to use and which they may find useful in discussion with their customers.



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  1. John Murray

    Very useful and also very good of Chris making this graphic available for us to use – thanks Chris!

  2. iainwhite87

    Great insight Christopher , thanks for sharing .

  3. #ImpressiveConveyancing

    Oh, well then estate agents and conveyancers are alright then. Excellent.

  4. Fawkes

    Good work Stato.

  5. Bless You

    OK,,  would like to see completed sales. I think 30% of sales agreed have fallen through this year. Can’t get anything over the line.

  6. Robert_May

    Without trying  to dampen the spirit or stifle the sigh of relief,  agreed sales statistics cannot be viewed in isolation for the other factors that affect completions.


    The bit that’s been glossed over without numbers had an effect, something I identified  would happen  when commenting on one of the stories  published  at the end of October 21.




  7. Retiredandrelaxed

    As far as the media are concerned, there are only ever three stories about the property market:

    1: Prices are skyrocketing (optional bonus theme – due to greedy, profiteering agents)

    2: Prices are plumetting (optional bonus theme – due to useless, wastrel agents)

    3: All agents are evil (no optional themes)


    🙂 🙂


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