Appetite for new build homes sees 9% rise during the last year

Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Coastal towns in the south of England and Wales are leading the way in a 9% climb in demand for new build homes during the last year, according to new data.

New build experts, BuildScan, has found that across Britain, 38.7% of all new build homes are already sold subject to contract or under offer, a +9% increase on the same time last year.

When it comes to the biggest year on year increases, there is a clear trend for growing demand for new build homes along the south coast and Wales, in particular.

Portsmouth has seen the biggest increase in demand for new build homes, currently, at 66% having jumped +46% when compared to this time last year. Swansea has seen the second-largest increase, up +42%, with Plymouth (+33%), Bournemouth (+32%) and Newport (+24%) also seeing a considerable jump in new build homebuyer demand.

Bournemouth (81%), Swansea (74%), Portsmouth (66%), Plymouth (62%) and Bristol (54%) rank as the hottest spots where current homebuyer demand is concerned.

New build demand hasn’t increased in every city though. Both Leeds (-7%) and Oxford (-4%) have seen demand fall compared to this time last year, while Newcastle and London have remained flat.

Harry Yates, Founder and Managing Director of BuildScan, commented: “A number of current market indicators suggest that the new build sector is really helping to fuel the current housing boom, with both transaction numbers and house price growth showing a sharp uplift over the last year.

"This is also clear when analysing buyer demand for new build housing with all but a handful of major cities seeing a notable leap in market activity. Although a degree of this demand is due to the current stamp duty holiday, it’s not unusual to see the appetite for new build homes sit consistently higher than that of the regular market.

"We expect this will continue to be the case and as housebuilders struggle to keep pace with this high level of demand, prices are likely to keep climbing too.”



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