The number of visits to the UK’s biggest property website, rightmove.co.uk, was up 3% in January this year, compared to the same month in 2016.
The rise in visits comes despite last year’s boost in home-buying in the first quarter of the year, ahead of the rise in stamp duty for second homes that was introduced in April last year.
David Gibson, partner at Whitton & Laing, said “this is welcome news for the property market. It supports our view that many people held off buying or selling in the second half of 2016 – but now see that much of the catastrophe predicted after a vote for Brexit hasn’t materialised and are once more returning to the property market. We expect there to be a healthy number of transactions this year”.