The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has reported that in July the number of house hunters registered per member branch dropped to an average of 298, from 330 last month.
This is the lowest seen since November 2013, when 292 buyers were recorded and 35% lower than in July last year, when 462 prospective buyers were registered per branch.
Last month, the supply of houses available to buyers increased marginally, from 37 properties available to purchase per branch in June, to 38 in July.
The NAEA said that in July, eight out of the 10 properties sold per member branch were for less than the original asking price – an increase of 8% from June.
The number of sales made to first time buyers decreased in July, from 30% of total sales made to the group in June, to 25%.
In July, the number of sales agreed per member branch remained at eight.
31% of estate agents reported that there has been no changes in the housing market since Brexit and everything is business as usual.A further 31% of agents stated that the interest from foreign investors has remained the same.
Mark Hayward, managing director, National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), said: “We expected to see uncertainty in the immediate period following Brexit and during the summer months the market always quietens down, so we are optimistic that the housing market will spring back into full swing in the coming months.”