The Green Shoots of Recovery Continue
Robert Oulsnam & Company one of the Midlands leading Estate Agents reported increased sales and lettings in both March and April. Managing Partner Andrew Oulsnam said “the figures for the two months were the best by far for over a year.
There is a slow but steady improvement in the volume of enquiries and of sales although we are far from the heady days of 2007 and prices may still fall a little further. The key to selling is undoubtedly realistic pricing “
More mortgages were approved in March than in any month since November 2008, according to the latest announcement from the Building Societies Association (BSA).
The organisation has revealed that, although the £1,542 million total of approvals was down year-on-year, these represented an increase on February's figures.
Adrian Coles, director-general for the BSA, said that it was only to be expected that the figure would rise in March.
"Even adjusting for seasonal influences this is the highest figure since November," he explained.
"Although this may suggest a very slight recovery in activity in the housing market over the next few months the environment nevertheless remains very challenging."
His comments come soon after the Bank of England indicated that 39,230 loans were agreed for house purchases during the course of March, compared to the 37,716 recorded in the previous month.