Asking prices have hit a record high due to the rush of buy-to-let investors looking to beat the stamp duty surcharge.
The 1 April stamp duty deadline helped to ignite an onward chain reaction, boosting the bottom of the market and having a knock-on effect higher up.
The latest monthly report from Rightmove shows the average price of property coming to market rose 1.3%, or £3,843, to a record high of £307,033.
While buy-to-let momentum at the bottom of the market has now dropped away, demand remains high with record visits to Rightmove.
Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, said: “The onset of spring is traditionally when the housing market swings into full-on action, but the housing market actually received a much earlier kick-start at the end of November.
“Chains need a buyer at the bottom to enable everyone to move, and that was boosted by investors looking to avoid the 3% levy introduced on 1 April.”
Shipside said that many of those who sold during the buy-to-let rush were first-time sellers looking to trade up.
“They used the heightened demand from investors competing fiercely with first-time buyers to springboard themselves onto the next rung of the housing ladder.
“After several years of being held back from moving by post-credit-crunch price doldrums, they have now benefitted from a heady combination of price growth, historically cheap interest rates, and confidence of a quick sale with purchasers working to a tight deadline.
'Trader-uppers have now been unleashed and this has spread demand upwards and helped to form longer chains.”