Douglas Sleaper, Group Sales Director for Townends estate agents said: "Such promising figures reflected a much more positive start to the year which was echoed across much of the South-East housing market, leaving everyone feeling quietly more confident about the market as a whole.
"However, this has been an exceptional year for national events which has undoubtedly encouraged more homeowners to postpone plans for moving until after the summer."
Early indications show that the summer months, which are typically quieter than other periods of the year, are not continuing in the same vein and this slowdown in activity has seen prices start to soften.
Sleaper said: "The outlook so far for the summer is for price falls which will reverse the gains in value seen in the first quarter of the year. This should not discourage those wishing to move but vendors may need to adjust their prices accordingly in order to attract motivated buyers."
While the outlook for the second half of the year remains cautious, August sees the launch of the Government’s new £80billion "funding for lending" scheme which according to Sleaper: "Should have the potential to increase available lending funds and ultimately stimulate market activity, depending of course on how much of the money actually makes its way into new mortgage lending at Loan to Value rates within reach of the average buyer.
"The housing market is driven by sentiment, and we hope that some much needed post Olympic positivity, as a result of the UKs success, will bring a flurry of early autumn activity."
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