The common value of a house jumped by £3,301 this month, concurrently Rightmove noticed double the quantity of inquiries from potential patrons.
Across Britain the typical asking value is now £362,438, which is 0.9% greater than in December, Rightmove mentioned.
It follows two months of falling costs, with January’s typical price ticket nonetheless £8,720 decrease than October’s peak.
Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property science, mentioned it was “particularly encouraging” for movers who’re searching for a “calmer, more measured market” after the “chaotic economic climate of the final few months of last year”.
He added: “The early-bird sellers who are already on the market and have priced correctly are likely to reap the benefits of the bounce in buyer activity, while over-valuing sellers may get caught out as property stock builds over the next few weeks and months, and they experience more competition from other better-priced sellers in their area.”
Rightmove mentioned the quantity of potential patrons sending inquiries to property brokers about properties is up 55% within the final two weeks, indicating pent-up demand.
Buyer demand is up 4% in comparison with the identical interval within the final “normal” pre-pandemic market of 2019.
However, it’s nonetheless down by 36% in comparison with final 12 months’s busiest-ever begin to a 12 months because the market navigates a extra regular degree of exercise.
Meanwhile, on 5 January, the variety of individuals requesting an property agent to worth their house was the third largest on Rightmove’s data.
Matthew Thompson, head of gross sales at Chestertons, mentioned 2023 kicked off with a excessive demand “from buyers who no longer want to delay their search and want to benefit from a slightly better choice of mortgage products”.
He added: “This month so far, our branches noticed a 25% increase in viewings compared to January last year. Whilst buyer demand is strong, the number of market appraisals remains comparably low as some sellers are still observing how the market might be developing in the first quarter of this year.”
Number of properties on the market nonetheless down
However, even with the prospect of extra sellers coming to the market, the variety of accessible properties on the market continues to be beneath long-term norms, the web site mentioned.
Mr Bannister mentioned: “We expect that the full effect of affordability constraints and last year’s mortgage rate rises will hold back some segments of the market in the first half of the year, but our leading market indicators may start to identify some green shoots of growth that will go on to strengthen in the second half of 2023.”