Even though the housing market is in an upbeat state in many parts of the UK, getting on the property ladder is still challenging for many and regarded as unattainable by some.  However, that goal has become even worse recently in Sheffield as the number of houses available to buy is at an 8 year all time low.

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Back in Summer 2009, there were over 3,800 properties for sale in Sheffield and since then this has steadily declined year on year, so now there are only 1,837 for sale in the city.  This continuing diminishing supply of housing has been happening over those years for a while and there simply aren’t enough properties in Sheffield to match demand.

According to a recent report by the National Association of Estate Agents, that said, “There are now 11 house hunters fighting after every available house which isn’t sustainable.”   What that means is Sheffield youngsters, who are looking to buy their first home, are finding themselves being squeezed out by the competition.  However, in the meantime, nobody wants to live with parents until they are in their 30’s, so that in turn creates demand for more rental properties, which means landlords have a greater demand for more rental properties so are buying more, resulting in even less smaller properties for the youngsters to buy, it’s a vicious circle.

Talking to fellow agents, mortgage arrangers, surveyors and solicitors in the city, all of whom have extensive dealings in the Sheffield property market like myself, most of us agree the movement in the Sheffield market is taking place in the middle to upper market, higher up the property ladder and it’s second and third steppers pushing through the properties that are being bought and sold.

That has meant as people tend to move less in the middle to upper market, the number of the properties actually selling has drastically reduced over the last couple of years.

When we look at the individual areas of the city, it paints an interesting picture.

  • S1 – Sheffield City Centre 6 properties sold in May 2015 (with an average value of                    £ 141,001), whilst over the Spring months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode reached into the early 20’s.
  • S2 – Arbourthorne, Heeley, Highfield, Manor, Norfolk Park, Wybourn, Park Hill 28 properties sold in May 2015 (with an average value of £ 115,113), whilst over the Winter months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode reached into the late 30’s.
  • S3 – Broomhall, Burngreave, Neepsend, Netherthorpe, Firs Hill 14 properties sold in May 2015 (the most recent set of figures from the HM Land Registry), whilst over the Autumn/Winter months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode rose to 17 per month. (Interestingly the average value of those properties was £118,603).
  • S4 – Grimesthorpe, Pitsmoor 3 properties sold in May 2015 (the most recent set of figures from the HM Land Registry), whilst over the Summer months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode was always between 8 and 12 per month. (Interestingly the average value of those properties was £56,833).
  • S6 – Bradfield, Hillsborough, Malin Bridge, Stannington, Upperthorpe, Walkley, Fox Hill, Wadsley Bridge, Wisewood, Wadsley, Loxley, Middlewood, Storrs, Dungworth, Holdworth, Rails, Ughill, Hollow Meadows, 77 properties sold in May 2015 (the most recent set of figures from the HM Land Registry), whilst over the Summer months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode was always between 112 and 120 per month. (Interestingly the average value of those properties was £155,409).
  • S7 – Abbeydale, Nether Edge, Millhouses, Carter Knowle 19 properties sold in May 2015 (the most recent set of figures from the HM Land Registry), whilst over the Autumn months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode was always between 28 and 31 per month. (Interestingly the average value of those properties was £236,364).
  • S8 – Batemoor, Beauchief, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Lowedges, Meersbrook, Norton, Norton Lees, Woodseats, Heeley 57 properties sold in May 2015 (with an average value of £157,223), whilst over the Summer months of 2014, the number of properties selling in this postcode reached into the 100’s.

So what does this all mean for homeowners and landlords alike in Sheffield?  Demand for Sheffield property is good, especially at the lower end of the market.  However, with fewer properties coming up for sale, it means property prices are proving reasonably stable too.

You see I believe a more stable, consistent Sheffield property market, with less people seeing property as an easy way to make a quick buck (as many did in the early 2000’s when prices were rising at nearly 20% a year so people were buying and selling every other minute), but a property market that has a steady growth of property values in Sheffield, year on year, without the massive peaks and troughs we saw in the late 1980’s and mid/late 2000’s might just be the thing that the Sheffield property market needs in the long term.

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