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Election and economy to impact on country house market

Consequently, Prime Purchase is expecting a significant number of vendors, who have delayed putting their properties up for sale, to enter the market before the election.

"We sense that estate agents have a growing stock of properties coming forward which will hit the market over the next six to eight weeks. This is being driven by vendors’ concerns that the country market, post–election, will not deliver any higher prices than can be achieved now," Bramwell said.

Another concern is that a hung parliament and minority government would result in a downgrading of the UK status by international ratings agencies. This would result in a further weakening of the pound and push up the cost of imports, increase inflation and start a chain of interest rate rises.

William Marsden-Smedley of Prime Purchase said: "Given the projected economic scenario resulting from a hung parliament, most vendors are thinking of entering the market sooner rather than later. However, we do not believe buyers will disappear post-election because there is a good degree of pent-up demand. Our clients are buying for the long term, are generally not reliant on mortgage finance and are not likely to be affected by interest rate rises."

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