Despite the housing market slowdown, brokers are being warned that the autumn months of September, October and November have typically seen the largest number of homes sold over the last 10 years.
This is according to new research from estate and lettings agent, Barrows and Forrester.
The agency analysed property transaction data since 2013 to assess how seasonal trends could impact the property market as it approaches the end of the year.
The research shows that the summer months of June, July and August are some of the busiest of the lot, with 2.705m summer sales completing in the last 10 years – an average of 270,518 transactions per year.
But one season tops summer when it comes to the total number of homes sold - that’s autumn.
Over the last decade a total of 2.709 million properties have completed during the autumn season. This equates to an average of 270,961 annual sales – a marginal 0.2% uplift versus the summer season.
For those who don’t make it over the line before winter comes, the chances of selling are dramatically reduced.
While 2.274m homes have sold over the last 10 winters, it’s the quietest time of year for the property market, with a decline in transaction levels seen every year, averaging out at a 16 per cent drop in market activity between autumn and winter.
Barrows and Forrester managing director James Forrester says: “Although Halloween is yet to arrive, there are already hushed whispers of Christmas starting to circulate and so it’s only natural that some sellers may be looking to the Christmas deadline with diminishing hopes of completing.
“The good news is that they still have a very strong chance of doing so and, in fact, over the last 10 years, more sales have completed during the autumn months than any other season”.