Rightmove: Site visits up 30% on same period last year

Rightmove has recorded its busiest new year start ever, despite lockdown restrictions sweeping the UK.

The property website said site visits were up 30% on the same period in 2020, with more than six million daily visits to sites last week.

The number of people contacting estate agents enquiring about a property purchase was an 11% higher, while those asking about a property to rent was up by 22%.

Rightmove said January is usually a busy month, as people make plans to move home at the start of the year, but they didn’t expect this results with so much uncertainty around restrictions. The demand they’ve seen so far is also the highest they’ve ever had in January.

The government has made clear that the housing market would remain open despite the closure of schools, hospitality outlets and most shops during the latest lockdown, but the housing ministry last week warned that regional or national closures of the market would be considered if necessary to manage the spread of the virus.

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