No meaningful sign of a slowdown amongst house hunters as new research reveals that rising numbers of properties are receiving an offer within one hour of a viewing with many buyers making an offer on a house without even visiting it.
The figures form part of new research from fintech mortgage lender, MPowered Mortgages, and reveal that the trend has accelerated into 2022 with 31% of properties now receiving an offer in an hour compared to 7% in 2018. Properties receiving an offer in a day is up over the same period from 26% in 2018, to 48% in 2022. 12% of properties have received an offer without a viewing this year, up from 7% in 2018.
The study found that 38% of properties that have been put on the market in the past five years received an offer within the same day of a viewing. Only 14% secured an offer after a second viewing.
This trend is most prevalent in London with 37% of properties receiving an offer on the same day as a viewing. 14% of homes in the capital secured an offer without the buyer seeing the property in question.
Furthermore, 18-34-year-olds are most likely to adopt this approach to house buying with 11% admitting to making an offer before seeing a property, compared to just 5% of 35 - 54-year-olds. The average age of a first-time buyer is 34 in the UK1, suggesting that being quick to act could be down to inexperience coupled with fewer mortgage deals on the market.2
Buyers see an average of three properties before making a first offer and 40% of buyers view only two properties before deciding they have found the right home for them. Despite buyers being quick off the mark, making a speedy offer is not always rewarded. Half (50%) of buyers have an offer fall through. The top reasons why an offer fails are that the seller received a higher offer (32%), problems appeared on the survey (25%) or there was a break in the chain (15%).
The study also found that 10% of offers fell through as the buyer couldn’t secure a mortgage. More than half (51%) of sellers also reported they insisted on any first-time buyers having a mortgage in principle before accepting an offer.
Stuart Cheetham, CEO, MPowered Mortgages, comments: “We are seeing lots of activity in the market as buyers race to lock in deals given the pace in which they are rising in the current climate and this data shows that offers are being made extremely quickly, despite a large proportion of these falling through. Our House Pace Index shines a light on changing consumer behaviour against a backdrop of rising mortgage rates and aims to prompt more consideration in the house-buying process.
“The race to find a home can be a daunting prospect even more so now in an environment where mortgage rates are rising as part of the cost of living. Of the many hurdles a homebuyer faces, one element that can be largely controlled is the certainty of their mortgage and this will be even more important as rates continue to rise. MPowered Mortgages uses AI and intelligent data to provide mortgage decisions quickly and make the mortgage journey for homebuyers and re-mortgagers as pain-free as possible.”