Valuations climb 61% in February

Valuations climb 61% in February



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The latest research by Connells Survey and Valulation has revealed that the number of valuations on residential housing grew 61% in February, compared to the previous month, as the housing market renewed its pace of recovery.   

The positive trend of year-on-year increases also continued, with the number of valuations conducted in February up by 22% on the number a year ago. Activity has now grown year-on-year for 6 months in a row.

 

Ross Bowen, managing director of Connells Survey and Valuation, said: “Traditionally, the valuations market begins to see a boost in activity in January following the Christmas lull. January witnessed a hangover from re-instating the lower stamp duty threshold while the arctic weather conditions disrupted some buying activity. However, February saw house hunters back on to the streets in force, with activity bouncing back as a result.”

                               

The increase in activity has been fuelled by first-time buyers. In February, 63% more first-timers requested a valuation than in January – boosting the number above levels seen a year ago. There was also a substantial month-on-month rise in valuations conducted for current home owners looking to move (+43%).

 

Remortgaging and buy to let activity also surged upwards – valuations for buy to let investors rose buy 81%, and remortgaging levels doubled compared to January. However, this was from a low base. With mortgage finance conditions still difficult, remortgaging valuations were less than 30% their level in February 2008. Buy to let was 30% lower than 2008. 

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