The escape to the country trend drove annual price growth to its highest level since before the global financial crisis in the first three months of 2021, with prime regional prices up 6.7% in the year to March.
Strong demand for prime property outside of the capital and rural living in general, coupled with tightening supply, saw average prices increase by 2.8% in the first quarter of 2021. This was up from 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The higher-value end of the market continued to perform strongly. Buyers have continued to seek more space, greenery and privacy post-pandemic, exploring a new work/life balance that could see many working from home more often after current restrictions end in June.
Country homes valued at £5m and above saw average prices increase by 7.3% in the first three months of 2021, taking the annual rate of growth to 15.8%, with tight supply a contributing factor.