Rightmove issued a statement last week saying: “Asking prices for properties new to the market have shot up to hit an all-time record high for March, boosted by buy-to-let investors “piling into the market” with new asking prices 1.7% higher than last month. 
Asking prices are now 1.2% higher than this time last year.”

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, said:

“Even those who truly believe that the market has turned a corner may be unable to do anything about it due to lenders’ cautious risk profiling, a significant factor limiting the speed and strength of the recovery.

“However, with new sellers asking more than ever before as we enter the traditionally busy spring market, and an expectation among home-movers of price stability or growth, there is now a bedrock upon which confidence and momentum appear to be building.”

Rightmove also said that the average time on the market has fallen from 90 days last year to 80.

 Shipside added: “Whilst it is too early in the year to make estimates about full year transaction volumes, agents are reporting more properties being sold subject to contract.

 However, these prospective buyers still have to complete the potentially treacherous journey through to successful completion. 

More limited inventory for sale by agents means less choice for buyers and is usually a forerunner of increased property prices.

  Shipside said that there are currently “blindingly” good returns on the right buy-to-let investment, and that investors are “piling” into the market as a result. Property investors can get a much better deal than putting money into a bank.”