Property agent Savills has seen a rise in folks trying to downsize to smaller properties since final September.
The property agency surveyed brokers representing its 130 UK places of work and located greater than half (53%) had seen a rise within the variety of downsizers on their books.
Andrew Perratt, head of UK residential at Savills, stated: “Fairness-rich older householders are among the greatest positioned to moved in in the present day’s market as they’re much less more likely to be impacted by larger mortgage prices.
“Most can have loved important home value progress over their interval of possession, whereas house owners of huge household houses can have seen their properties recognize considerably over the course of the pandemic, that means they’re sitting on a major reserve of fairness.
“Throughout our community, our downsizer distributors are telling us that they are going to prioritise utilizing the additional fairness to assist household with their funds, or to complement a retirement fund and scale back overheads.
“Whereas practical pricing is essential in in the present day’s market, we’re nonetheless seeing a scarcity of bigger household houses.”
Discovering the suitable subsequent dwelling appears to be the largest barrier to those that have made the choice to downsize, in keeping with 79% of Savills’ brokers.
The vast majority of brokers (61%) stated that their downsizers are planning to stay regionally primarily based.
Well-liked standards for downsizers trying to transfer included houses being in good situation, cheaper to run and decrease upkeep total, the findings indicated.
Having the ability to have room for household or mates to remain over have been additionally excessive on downsizers’ wish-lists.