Perfect time to house-search
Despite darker nights drawing in, Leicestershire estate agents say that is no reason to stop house hunting.
Peter Buckingham at Andrew Granger in Market Harborough confirmed a more buoyant trend in house hunting, with the number of new applicants doubling in September compared with the previous three months.
"Following an action-packed summer with the Queen's Jubilee, Olympics and holidays, house hunters are now focussing on securing a home purchase this autumn and October is proving to be ever busier.
"Many buyers are aiming to move into their new home by Christmas and there is a broad choice of properties available in desirable locations within all price brackets".
Mr Buckingham said prices had undoubtedly mellowed over the summer, with fresh new instructions also coming to the market at realistic asking prices.
"These two factors are attracting a higher number of buyers to the market place."
Charles Beretta, Director at James Sellicks said: "The housing market is not as seasonal as it used to be. It has become clear this autumn that there is still a lack of quality properties becoming available in certain popular areas and as such those that do are achieving a fair amount of interest."
Harrison Murray advises not to go into hibernation when it comes either to house hunting.
"Autumn is a great time to get out there and see what is available before everyone gets bogged down with Christmas," said managing director Nick Salmon.
Top tips to help you choose an agent and plan your move:
Sell your property through a reputable agent, one who is a member of the Property Ombudsman scheme and the National Association of Estate Agents.
Decide on a definite location. Look at what's nearby and schools.
Do your homework – research prices, visit the area at different times of the day
Always take a list of questions to ask at a viewing.