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Homesellers banked average £100k profit in 2023

Homesellers banked average £100k profit in 2023
Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Homeowners in England and Wales who sold in 2023 netted an average profit of £102,000, according to research from an estate agent.

Years of strong price growth meant sellers in England and Wales netted the impressive profit despite house prices falling last year, according to Hamptons.

Analysis of Land Registry data by the upmarket estate agency showed that the average household in England and Wales that bought a property within the past 20 years and sold it in 2023 made £102,650, equating to 48% more than they paid for it. That is the second highest figure on record.

According to Nationwide, house prices fell by 1.8% during 2023, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported last week that typical UK property values fell by 2.1% in the year to November.

Hamptons’ analysis of Land Registry data showed that overall 93% of households sold their property for more than they paid for it, with the average seller owning their property for just under nine years.

Aneisha Beveridge, head of research at Hamptons, said: “These proceeds are mostly reinvested back into the housing market and go towards the purchase of another home, so they are rarely realised in cash terms.”

Short-term sales

The figures also showed a spike in the number of households selling up after just two years, with about 8% of those who sold a home in 2023 purchasing it in 2021. Hamptons said these properties “were disproportionately likely” to be in the countryside, a small town or the suburbs, suggesting that many people who relocated out of cities during the pandemic later reversed their decision. 

Beveridge said: “The spike in the share of households moving within two years … suggests an unwinding of ‘the race for space. Most of these sellers are selling larger homes in the country, often in favour of a move back to the suburbs or city.”

However, even people who sold after two years still netted a profit; the average seller who bought in 2021 and sold in 2023 made an average of £56,000.

Slower house price growth in the capital means sellers in Wales are now making bigger gains than Londoners in percentage terms. In 2023, the average home in Wales sold for 53% more than its purchase price, while in London the average was 51%.