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Market Insights

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Market Insights February '24

Why spring is the ideal time to sell your home

If you are looking to sell your home, now is the time to spring into action, and here’s why.
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Market Insights February '24

Momentum builds in housing market but price sensitivity remains

The housing market is showing growth in seller and buyer activity, reports Rightmove this week, while its analysis shows those who price competitively initially are far more likely to sell quickly.
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Market Insights February '24

More good news for UK housing market

There is more positive news for the UK housing market this week, as official figures show that a slowdown in the housing sector in 2023 caused by rising mortgage costs may be over, and a downward trend in house prices has ended.
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Market Insights February '24

UK house prices increase at fastest rate since January 2023

UK house prices increased 2.5% in the year to January, which is the largest increase since January last year, as lower mortgage rates and reducing inflationary pressures brought increased buyer and seller confidence, Halifax has said.
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Market Insights January '24

February revealed as best month to list your home for sale

February is the best month to list your home for sale on average, with homes listed in the month typically getting a buyer the quickest, as well as being most likely to be marked as sold subject to contract.
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Market Insights January '24

Positive signs for home movers as mortgage rates continue to drop

With sub-4% mortgage rates now available, and rate drops continuing, there are positive signs for home movers at the start of 2024.
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Market Insights January '24

UK housing market gathers momentum at start of 2024 – Rightmove

The average asking prices for UK homes have made the strongest start to the year since 2020, with a jump in buyer and seller activity, reports Rightmove.
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Market Insights December '23

Signs of family movers returning as UK housing market stabilises – Rightmove

There are signs that the more stable housing market conditions will see more family movers return, says Rightmove.
Market Insights December '23

Better-than-predicted year for UK housing market

The UK housing market has had a better 2023 than many predicted, and sellers are continuing to adopt more pricing realism to attract a buyer.
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Market Insights December '23

Preston Baker wins top industry innovation award

Preston Baker celebrates winning ‘Best Innovation in Estate Agency 2023’ Award
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Market Insights October '23

Why it’s crucial you price your property right first time to sell

In today’s price-sensitive housing market, pricing your property right at the outset will massively increase your chances of finding a buyer.
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Market Insights October '23

Home mover Rosemarie delighted with Preston Baker

Home mover Rosemarie Fenwick loves Preston Baker; here she tells how we sold her house at the first viewing for asking price and how we are the "best estate agent" she has ever dealt with.
Market Insights October '23

New luxury apartments in centre of Harrogate to launch to market

The highly-anticipated launch of 14 luxury one and two-bedroom apartments at Trinity House, Cambridge Street, Harrogate, is just days away.
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Market Insights October '23

Major new appointment at Preston Baker

Preston Baker has made a major new appointment in Tom Kirk, it’s new CEO, and he is intent on expanding the company and its self-employed Associate model nationally, bringing an exceptional home moving service to a wider audience.
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Market Insights October '23

Preston Baker shortlisted for four leading industry awards

Preston Baker is celebrating after being shortlisted for four awards by the UK’s leading independent awards programme for estate and letting agents.
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Market Insights October '23

There’s still time to sell your home by Christmas

If you are thinking of moving and would like to agree a sale this side of Christmas, Preston Baker can help you achieve this. Our average days to sell a property in 2023 stands at 42 days. So you have until November 12th to launch your home with us to sell before Christmas.
Market Insights October '23

Enjoying retirement in Roundhay and Oakwood: a perfect choice for a tranquil lifestyle

Retirement is a significant life milestone that often brings about the desire for a peaceful and comfortable living environment. Roundhay and Oakwood, situated close to the vibrant city of Leeds, offer precisely that - making them ideal places to retire.
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Market Insights October '23

More good news for UK housing market as lenders cut mortgage rates

A number of UK lenders have now reduced their mortgage rates, with some fixed deals below 5%, which is welcome news for the housing market and home movers.
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Market Insights October '23

15 books for 15 schools

Preston Baker Estate Agents is 15 in October and one of the ways we are celebrating is gifting 15 books to 15 schools in the areas we cover across Yorkshire.
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Market Insights September '23

Positive news for home movers as inflation fall slashes chances of interest rate increase

Inflation has fallen again and as a result financial markets have slashed the odds of another increase in the UK interest rate tomorrow, Thursday.
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Market Insights September '23

Don't miss out on your dream home

Looking to move? Wondering if you should put your property on the market before you start looking? Answer: You should always put your own property on the market first. If you don’t put your property on the market, you could miss out on your dream home.
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Market Insights September '23

What could you do with an extra £5,200 in your pocket?

While the press and housing industry are saying the housing market is slow, Preston Baker's results are telling a different story. Our way of selling houses, using our Property Launch model, is getting home movers on average £5,200 more for their homes against a non-launch model, and we have sold 97% of the properties we have listed in Q3 2023 to date.
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Market Insights August '23

Add value to your home with an improved EPC rating

Sellers of homes with improved EPC ratings see increases in value of as much as 15%, or almost £56,000, shows new research from Rightmove.
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Market Insights August '23

Preston Baker 2023 Official Gala Sponsor for Tadcaster York Sport Swim Squad

Preston Baker Land & New Homes is delighted to support the Tadcaster York Sport Swim Squad as the 2023 Official Gala Sponsor.
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Market Insights August '23

Positive news for housing market

The housing market is showing resilience, with industry data showing increased activity, mortgage lenders cutting rates, and house prices still some £45,000 (+19%) above pre-Covid levels.
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Market Insights July '23

Good news for housing market as UK interest rates start to come down as inflation falls

There’s good news for the housing market this week as mortgage rates start to ease.
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Market Insights July '23

Buyer demand for homes resilient

There remains strong demand for homes, with right-priced homes still attracting motivated buyers, reports Rightmove in its latest House Price Index report published this week.
Market Insights July '23

Couple delighted with Preston Baker moving experience

Moving home with Preston Baker Estate Agents made the process of buying and selling a home "relatively smooth and relieved much of the stress" - say Matt and Clare, a couple from Leeds. You can listen to their story in this video here.
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Market Insights July '23

Unlocking the Secrets to Achieving the Best Price for Your Home

While market conditions play a role, there are several strategies you can employ to maximise the value of your property. We explore them here.
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Market Insights July '23

House prices hit record high – Rightmove

House prices have hit a record high as new sellers respond to the improving market, reports Rightmove
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Market Insights March '24

Work of Leeds photographer and artist goes on show at Preston Baker Estate Agents in Roundhay

The work of photographer Richard Heald, from Horsforth, and artist Judy Merchant, from Roundhay, is now on display at Preston Baker Estate Agents new premises in Roundhay Road, Leeds.
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Market Insights April '23

UK house prices increase for third month in row – says Halifax

House prices in the UK rose for a third month in a row in March
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Market Insights April '23

Housing market ‘defying expectations’ – Zoopla

As we end the first quarter of 2023, the housing market is in much better shape than many had predicted at the end of 2022, reports Zoopla.
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Market Insights April '23

Preston Baker supports Community Fun Day in support of Leeds charity

Preston Baker is one of the Oakwood businesses that have come together to organise a Community Fun Day in support of a Leeds charity.
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Market Insights April '23

Housing market performing better than expected

The UK housing market is performing better than expected with prices increasing and mortgage approvals rising.
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Market Insights March '23

House prices rising: Rightmove

Average house prices have increased by nearly £3,000 in March
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Market Insights March '23

Here’s why you should sell your home with Preston Baker

We are getting more money for sellers; on average 4.5% more
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Market Insights March '23

Preston Baker and Richard Roberts colleagues to skydive for charity

Preston Baker and Richard Roberts colleagues to skydive for charity
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Market Insights March '23

Preston Baker Property Launch model gets more money for sellers; on average 4.5% more

How much is 4.5% of your property’s value? That is how much more Preston Baker’s Property Launch model is achieving for sellers over the national average.
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Market Insights February '23

Housing market better than expected as buyers return

Increasing numbers of buyers are returning, with the market starting 2023 much better than expected - Rightmove February 2023
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Market Insights February '23

Is your mortgage deal ending? Need to know your options?

Are you one of almost two million households due to see fixed rate mortgage deals come to an end this year, and facing the likelihood of bigger monthly payments?
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Market Insights March '23

FREE Drop-in Mortgage Clinic

Saturday 4th March 2023, 9am – 1pm, at Preston Baker, 101 Walmgate, York, YO1 9UA Preston Baker Financial Services Mortgage and Protection advisors will be on hand to give free help and advice on everything mortgage, protection and home insurance-related.
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Market Insights February '23

Feel the Love February Prize Draw

It’s February and love is in the air. Preston Baker is running a Feel the Love Prize Draw this month in partnership with some great local businesses. Watch the video below to find out more about our free prize draw and the prizes on offer.
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Market Insights March '24

Property Marketing Director Kirsty passionate about helping home movers in Doncaster

Kirsty excited to help people get the outcomes they want when moving
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Market Insights January '23

House prices rise in January – Rightmove

Average new seller asking prices have risen by 0.9% (+£3,301) in January
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Market Insights January '23

William excited to ‘land’ new role with Preston Baker New Homes, Land and Planning team

William set on helping Yorkshire landowners and developers bring much-needed new housing to the market through his role.
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Market Insights April '23

Preston Baker Director makes plea for help ahead of sixth aid trip to war-torn Ukraine

Preston Baker’s James Baker and friend Mike Harding are preparing to make a sixth 4,000-mile round trip aid mission
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Market Insights December '22

Preston Baker Estate Agency expands its service area

We’re expanding our award-winning estate agency
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Market Insights November '22

Five-year fixed mortgage rates in UK drop below 6%

Typical five-year fixed mortgage deal now costs 5.95% per year, the lowest in seven weeks - Moneyfacts
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Market Insights November '22

Average house price dropping in line with pre-pandemic norms

"Potential opportunities for those who were put off entering the frantic market over the past two years.”
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Market Insights November '22

Mortgage lenders cut interest rates despite Bank of England rise

“So far just today I’ve already seen messages from six major lenders about reduced rates coming through over the next 48 hours.” - James Kear, Preston Baker’s Head of Financial Services
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Market Insights October '22

UK house prices rise 13.6% in year, new Government figures show

Average UK house price up £36,000
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Market Insights March '24

Doncaster house prices rise more than Yorkshire average

House prices in Doncaster rose by 1.7 per cent in August
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Market Insights October '22

‘Kick off a mortgage conversation; you could be surprised at the results’

'Important to talk to a mortgage broker before making any decisions about your mortgage'
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Market Insights October '22

Preston Baker Estate Agents wins customer service award at The ESTAS, the most prestigious awards in the UK property sector

Based on ratings from clients
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Market Insights October '22

House prices rise to new record high in October - Rightmove

Average price of property coming to the market rises by 0.9% (+£3,398) in October, reports Rightmove
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Market Insights October '22

House prices fall slightly as market shows further signs of slowing, but important to look at slower growth in context - Halifax

The average house price fell by 0.1% month-on-month in September to £293,835, says Halifax
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Market Insights October '22

House prices increased by £2,587 in September – says Rightmove

Rightmove says the housing market remains ‘surprisingly resilient’
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Market Insights September '22

Stamp duty cut

Permanent cut, effective from today
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Market Insights September '22

Value of average UK home has risen by £48 a day since February 2020 – equivalent to £38,000

Housing market remains resilient, says Zoopla
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Market Insights September '22

Average UK house price hits new record – up £30,000 in a year

The average UK house now costs a record £294,260
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Market Insights August '22

Top tips when selling your home

Top tips for increasing the value of your home
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Market Insights September '22

UK house prices fall for first time in 2022, but experts say this is expected in summer

Average price of property coming to market is £365,173
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Market Insights September '22

House prices up 11% despite cost of living squeeze

“Surprising degree of momentum”
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Market Insights September '22

More home buyers looking for green features

Correlation between higher energy ratings and higher property values
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Market Insights September '22

Rise in UK house prices surpasses average annual salary

House prices up £32,000 in last year
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Market Insights July '22

Housing market showing signs of cooling

Housing market is ‘beginning to soften’
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Market Insights July '22

Unique Preston Baker Search Service free in July (usually £395)

We’ll help you find the home you want whether it’s on the market or not
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Market Insights July '22

If you are looking to sell, now is the time to do it

Sellers should act swiftly to capitalise on recent gains
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Market Insights June '22

Average house price hits another record, while housing market shows signs of cooling

House prices continued to climb in May, with prices up 10.5% in 12 months
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Market Insights June '22

Join our free webinar for home movers on ‘How to buy and sell a property’

Join us on Tuesday June 14th at 6pm
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Market Insights May '22

House prices hit new record high, but ‘market starting to slow’

Proportion of sellers dropping their asking price and time taken to sell a home have both risen
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Market Insights May '22

Average UK house price up more than £55,000 in past two years

UK house prices have hit a record high
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Market Insights May '22

Little evidence that house price growth is losing momentum

Prices expected to continue to increase
Market Insights May '22

What does latest rise in interest rates mean for the UK housing market?

Key takeaways for you from the latest Bank of England interest rate increases
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Market Insights May '22

House prices are up by 12% but increases set to slow, according to Nationwide

In all apart from one month over the last year, annual house price increases have been more than 10%
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Market Insights April '22

UK house prices reach record high as homes sell quicker than ever

Prices up £19,082 in last three months
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Market Insights April '22

Average house price up £27,000 in year

House prices at record levels
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Market Insights April '22

Average UK house price up £44,000 since first lockdown

Limited supply and strong demand
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Market Insights April '22

House price growth at 17-year high

Cost of typical home up £33,000
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Market Insights March '22

House price rises outstrip wage growth in more than 90% of England and Wales

House prices rising at fastest rate since 2007
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Market Insights March '22

Shortage of houses on the market continues, with 26 potential buyers for each property for sale

Houses selling for over asking price
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Market Insights March '22

Asking prices for homes in Great Britain up 1.7% in March; biggest monthly rise for 18 years

Typical asking prices increased to £354,564 in March, up 1.7% or £5,760 compared with the month of February
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Market Insights March '22

Average house price in February almost £30,000 more than a year ago

Largest annual cash increase recorded by the monthly index in more than 30 years of its existence
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Market Insights February '22

March is the best time of year to sell your home

Level of demand means sellers are likely to meet with multiple potential buyers competing for their home
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Market Insights February '22

Asking prices for UK homes surge in February

Price of homes up £7,800 in month
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Market Insights February '22

5.5 times salary mortgages to first-time buyers with just 5% deposits now available

Easier for some to qualify for a mortgage and to afford a larger or more expensive property
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Market Insights February '22

UK house prices hit record highs

Average house price £24,500 more than this time last year
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Market Insights February '22

Demand for homes at historic highs

We have buyers looking for homes across Leeds, York, Selby, Doncaster and surrounding areas
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Market Insights February '22

House prices rise at fastest annual pace for a January in 17 years

Prices increased by 11.2% year-on-year
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Market Insights January '22

Buyer demand for homes at new high

Buyer demand up 50% compared to usual levels for this time of year
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Market Insights January '22

Thinking of selling your home? Buyers are waiting

Potential buyers enquiring about homes up 15%
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Market Insights January '22

Early-bird home sellers benefit from busiest start ever to a New Year

The average price tag on a UK home increased by £852 in January
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Market Insights January '22

New high for house prices

Average price increases by £24,000 in a year – the biggest rise since 2003
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Market Insights January '22

Thinking of moving in 2022? Get a head-start!

It pays to get yourself in the best possible position for moving
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Market Insights December '21

Nearly 40% of UK properties selling for over asking price

Around 29 house hunters for each property available on the market
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Market Insights December '21

Average UK home values up £16,000 in 2021

+7.1% increase in average house prices
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Market Insights December '21

December dip in UK property sales, but 2022 looking positive

Strong demand from buyers is likely to persist in 2022
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Market Insights December '21

House prices increase for fifth straight month – growth now at 15-year high

Average UK property price has hit a new record high of £272,992
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Market Insights November '21

Average house price up +7.8% in Yorkshire and Humber

One in 16 privately owned homes in the UK will have changed hands this year
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Market Insights November '21

Get ahead of the 2022 home-buying season; get your home ready to sell before Christmas

Between Boxing Day and the first working day of 2021 there were more than 51 million visits to Rightmove
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Market Insights November '21

UK house prices hit record high

Since April 2020 the value of the average property has soared by £31,516 (13.2%).
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Market Insights November '21

UK housing market on track for bumper year of sales, but market forecast to slow in 2022

2021’s market looks set to record the highest level of sales (1.5m) since 2007
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Market Insights October '21

Average UK house price increases £25,000 in a year

Average house price £264,000
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Market Insights October '21

Value of British homes soars 20% in five years

Almost 12 million homes have risen in value by £49,000 or more
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Market Insights October '21

Yorkshire has biggest house price growth in England for second quarter in row

Prices in the three months up to September were up 12.3% year-on-year
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Market Insights October '21

Value of average UK home increases by £44 per day

UK house prices hit a record high
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Market Insights September '21

Become a ‘power buyer’ and secure your dream home

Today’s competitive housing market favours the ‘power buyer’
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Market Insights September '21

House searches more difficult as demand for new homes far exceeds supply

Here at Preston Baker Estate Agents we have been helping sellers find the houses they want
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Market Insights September '21

UK housing market continues to boom

Houses are spending just days on the market
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Market Insights September '21

UK house prices up by almost £5,000 in August

UK property market continues to boom
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Market Insights August '21

Sellers’ market created by low supply and high demand for homes – especially 3 and 4-bedroom family homes

Homeowners can command the top price for their homes
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Market Insights August '21

Stamp duty holiday not main reason for UK house price boom

Role played by the stamp duty holiday has been overplayed
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Market Insights August '21

Yorkshire and the Humber help drive UK house price growth

UK property prices rose by 13.2%
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Market Insights August '21

Search for space drives demand for houses

Demand for houses has doubled in the UK
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Market Insights August '21

Preston Baker’s July 2021 residential sales figures show healthy Yorkshire housing market

The Yorkshire housing market remains buoyant
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Market Insights July '21

Buyer demand falls, but still well up on more ‘normal’ market conditions

Demand +80% above 2017-19 figures
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Market Insights July '21

Is your home earning more than your salary?

UK homes earning more than annual salaries
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Market Insights July '21

Get ahead in the property market; be prepared!

It pays to get some professional help and advice early
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Market Insights July '21

What’s the impact of end of higher level of stamp duty holiday?

How is the property market reacting?
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Market Insights July '21

Huge demand for homes in Roundhay, Oakwood and Chapel Allerton – get yours valued now with Preston Baker Estate Agents

Secure the best possible price for your house with Preston Baker
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Market Insights July '21

Is the housing market slowing as prices show a fall in June?

House prices still 8.8% higher than they were a year ago
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Market Insights July '21

Tips for house buyers

Buyers who get prepared stand the best chance of getting what they want
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Market Insights March '24

Demand for homes in Leeds high – get yours valued now with Preston Baker estate agents

Sell your home for more and faster with Preston Baker
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Market Insights March '24

House price growth hits 10-year high in Yorkshire and the Humber

Great time to find out how much your house is worth
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Market Insights March '24

Sell your home in Selby for more with Preston Baker estate agents

Homes in Selby area are selling quickly
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Market Insights March '24

Homes in York going for well over asking price

– get yours valued now with Preston Baker estate agents
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Market Insights June '21

House prices up by almost 11 per cent in a year

Biggest growth in seven years
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Market Insights June '21

Is there an end in sight to Gazumping and Gazundering?

How do you stop property sales falling through, and what is Gazumping and Gazundering?