Property Watch – March 2023 UK residential property transactions
The graph below shows the UK housing market transactions for the year to 31 March 2023 with comparatives for the same period to March 2022, as reported by HMRC through Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reporting.
Monthly residential property transactions April 2021 to March 2023
* January 2023 to March 2023 figures are provisional due to delays in collecting all relevant SDLT/LTT/LBTT reporting.
The graph above shows:
- The March 2023 residential property transactions amounted to 94,870 transactions which were 13.6% down from March 2022 and 26.2 % up from February 2023.
- Not shown in the above graph, but the March 2023 transactions were higher than the March 2020 (beginning of COVID) transactions by 7,950 transactions (9.1% higher).
- The Bank of England base rate rose from 4% to 4.25% in March 2023 (rising from 0.5% to 0.75% in March 2022).
The transactions split by location in March 2023 were as follows:
Key points to note:
The transaction spikes in June 2021 as a result of the end of the £500k SDLT holiday enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The September 2021 transaction spike was a result of the end of the £250k SDLT holiday enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The February 2023 transactions in the above graph are 1,740 lower than those reported in our February 2023 issue of this circular (which can be viewed here: Property Watch February) this is a result of more data being collected throughout the last month to support the transaction data reported.
UK residential property transaction prices to February 2023
The latest residential price data, as provided by HM Land Registry to February 2023 (so a month out of sync with the transaction data above) shows that prices were 5.5% up at an average price of £287,506 compared to February 2022’s average of £272,454.
Residential property prices are 24.7% up from February 2020 (pre-COVID) where the average was £230,609 per the Land Registry data.
Although year-on-year property prices are higher, February 2023 saw the third consecutive month of property price reductions.
The graphs below show the change in average residential property transaction values over the past four years and the monthly change in the year to February 2023.
Please note that the above data and trends may not be consistent with published data from other data collectors such as property sites (Rightmove etc.) or the banks and the data is liable to change as the Land registry receives additional market information.
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Chi Duong, a Tax Associate at Ballards LLP, assisted in the preparation of this article.
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