Get ready for the Boxing Day Boom, says Atkinson Stilgoe

Local estate agency Atkinson Stilgoe is urging homeowners thinking of a new year move to get in touch now to see how they can take advantage of what is statistically one of the busiest times of the year to search for a new home.  Each year, the leading property websites see a seasonal surge in visits over the Christmas holidays, when prospective buyers make plans for the forthcoming year.

Popular websites Rightmove and Zoopla both experience a spike in activity over the Christmas holidays, as people use this time to start their search for a new home online.  In 2020, Rightmove recorded a record over 35 million visits to its site and Zoopla recorded a 36% increase in visits to its website over the festive period*.  Atkinson Stilgoe is now advising prospective sellers to instruct with them as soon as possible to take full advantage of the increased marketing potential and not to miss out on this fantastic window of opportunity.

“Now is a great time for customers to get themselves prepared for the seasonal rush,” says David Plumtree, Group Estate Agency Chief Executive at Atkinson Stilgoe's parent company, Connells Group.  “With many committed buyers actively looking for a new home over the holidays, homeowners shouldn’t wait to put their house on the market until the new year thinking that the festive period will be quiet, as it’s quite the opposite.  Online activity starts climbing from Boxing Day onwards – and this is a trend we’ve been seeing for many years now.”

David continues: “At Connells, we know how to market your property to its full potential to ensure it stands out and receives maximum exposure at this busy time.  If moving home is part of your plan for early next year, be proactive and get in touch with us soon to see how we can get your property sold."

If you have a property to sell and would like to book a free market appraisal with Atkinson Stilgoe, please contact your local branch.

*Source: Rightmove – Google Analytics, total visits to Rightmove 7th December 2016 to 14th January 2017; Zoopla – Google Analytics / Indexed visits to ZPG sites 23rd December 2016 to 31st January 2017

Bob Walsh

Group PR Manager