State of Your Local Property Market: May 2024

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May has been a busy month in our local property market, with plenty of activity across sales, rentals, and mortgages, not to mention the political landscape. We’ve seen more homes coming to market, rising sales, and shifting mortgage rates. 

As we look back on the antics of the past month, we’ll cover the current state of the sales market, what’s happening with rentals, and the latest on mortgage rates. We’ll also share our predictions for the future. So, let’s dive into the highlights and key trends shaping our local property markets covering Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Walberton and The Six Villages.

The current landscape

Richard Moores (MNAEA), owner of Sims Williams shared his insight into the current landscape based on what’s been happening across all four Sims Williams offices:

“A Game of Two Halves! With the Euros all set to start later this month we’re all hoping Gareth Southgate’s men can do well and put a smile back on our faces. Let’s face it, with one of the wettest Springs on record, we could do with some ‘sunny’ news, as could the housing market!

A recent report stated that there were around 20% more homes for sale compared to the same time last year. Encouraging numbers from people clearly looking to move home at the same time we are starting to see more encouraging numbers of sales being agreed.

With the uncertainty of the political landscape due to become clearer in early July, and the suggestion that Mortgage Rates could be moving in a downward direction over the next few months, 2024 really could be a Year of Two Halves for property sales.

Now is the time to be getting your team together if a move in 2024 is planned. I say team as it is very much a team game selling property. The most important team being the agent you instruct to market your home.

As Sims Williams we combine a good mix of ‘youth and experience’ in our squad, vital qualities for any winning side. Other team members you need to ‘sign up’ are solicitors and, if required, a financial consultant. Both of these are vital in ensuring the required result and we will always recommend local, trusted and professional companies who are on hand to help you achieve your goal.

Let’s look forward to some entertaining games (maybe not the political ones!) and some better weather over the coming months. You heard it here first – it’s coming home and there’s a Sims Williams Sold board outside!”  

Thinking of selling? Request a valuation to find out the current value of your property without obligation.

Mortgage rates

As of May 9th, 2024, the Bank of England base rate is 5.25%. The next review is set for June 20th, 2024.

May brought some good news for mortgages: rates are starting to fall, and inflation is down to 2.3%. We’re hopeful this trend might lead to the Bank of England lowering the base rate soon. It might still be a bit early, but the outlook is definitely brighter.

Here are the current average mortgage rates as of May 30th, 2024:

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Rental market review

We caught up with Jo Mallett (MARLA), Branch Manager at Sims Williams to hear what’s been going on throughout the last few weeks in May 2024:

“May has been a particularly busy month, with 18 properties coming to market since the beginning of the month, but demand is still outstripping supply.

Tenants need to be super quick when searching for a property. We try to aid this by sending properties to those registered 12 hours prior to them going on to the larger portals, Rightmove, etc. They also need to be aware of how competitive it is out there currently and appreciate that it will work in their favour to show some flexibility on the move date, as this sometimes overlaps with their current property. We highly recommend being sure on move dates when searching for a property right at the beginning. In addition to this, it really helps to have all relevant documents ready in advance and know their financial position inside and out. 

A good tip to help speed up the process includes having a current credit report available and being aware and upfront about any adverse credit. This could potentially go against potential tenants, however it is best to be upfront and honest with the agent when registering to avoid delays further down the line. If you have any adverse credit, get it cleared and do it as quickly as possible”. 

Thinking of letting, or have a property you want to rent? Get in touch with your local Sims Williams branch today.

The road ahead

The property market is showing positive signs with more homes for sale and rising agreed sales. However, the market remains highly price-sensitive, so smart pricing is essential. As political and economic uncertainties clear up, 2024 could bring favourable conditions for both buyers and sellers. Now is the time to prepare your team for a move and make informed decisions.

We understand that selling your home is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. We’re here to support you every step of the way with professional advice you can trust. Whether you need a valuation or just some friendly moving advice, feel free to get in touch.

Sims Williams are estate and letting agents with offices in Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester and The Six Villages. For expert advice on all things property or for a free no obligation market appraisal, do contact your local Sims Williams office. We are here to guide you through every step of your journey, providing professional advice, support and guidance you can trust. 


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I just wanted to thank you and your team for all your help and patience in dealing with the sale of Jasmine Bungalow which will hopefully complete next week. Karen and Calum especially have been excellent to deal with in the current sale which I’m sure wasn’t easy for them at times. But their help and patience made the frustrations much easier to cope with! And I also wanted to thank Michael too for his assistance, advice and patience in dealing with the first abortive sale.
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