Drop in number of house sales falling through before completion

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The number of house sales failing to successfully complete fell in the first quarter of 2016, with just one in five house sales falling through, according to data released today by the UK’s largest independent home buyer, Quick Move Now.

Figures indicate a house sale fall through rate of 20 percent for Q1 of 2016, a drop of just under eight percent from the reported 27.94 percent in the last quarter of 2015.

Quick Move Now also released figures for the annual year-to-date fall through, which offers a greater overview of how the property market is performing generally, allowing for seasonal peaks and troughs. The year-to-date fall through rate remained fairly constant throughout 2015 and into the start of 2016, at around 29 percent, and finished the first quarter of 2016 at 29.07 percent.

Danny Luke, Business Manager at Quick Move Now, commented: “The start of 2016 has been an interesting time for the UK property market. Strong demand and low supply in many areas has led to a strong financial performance , and whilst it is encouraging to see that the number of sales falling through before completion fell in the first three months of 2016, many property owners and would-be buyers would still be shocked to learn that one in five sales doesn’t go through.

“The two biggest reasons why house sales didn’t complete in the first quarter of 2016 were the vendor pulling out of the sale for a higher offer (25 percent) and either vendor or buyer pulling out because they felt the sale wasn’t progressing quickly enough (25 percent), which is unsurprising in the current market. With many areas experiencing very strong demand and low supply, vendors are keen to achieve the best possible price for their property so are willing to pull out of an agreed sale if made a better offer. Other reasons included the buyer changing their mind (18.75 percent), buyer being refused lending by a mortgage provider (12.5 percent), chain collapse (6.25 percent), survey issues (6.25 percent) and buyer wanting to renegotiate after the initial offer had been accepted (6.25 percent).

“A lack of properties coming to market has led to prospective buyers having to move very quickly in order to secure a property, and may mean they put an offer in on a less than ideal property due to fear that they’ll be unable to find anything else, which accounts for buyers changing their minds and trying to renegotiate after the initial offer has been accepted – a collective figure of 25 percent. Some inevitably get cold feet about such a large investment, or find that a survey confirms their fears, and pull out before the sale completes.”

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 5th April 2016
Last updated on 6th August 2018

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