HOME buyers who had previously hesitated to make a move due to election uncertainty are now actively returning to the market, with the latest figures showing a spike in volumes and price growth across the UK.

The Office of National Statistics reports property prices increased by 9.6 per cent in the year to March 2015 – up from 7.4 per cent recorded the previous month. This is the first time the annual growth figure has risen since last summer.

With a boost in properties launching to the market and renewed buyer confidence, making use of tactics like Strutt & Parker’s National Open House Day, can help buyers find their dream home amongst the crowd.

Ian James, an associate at estate agency Strutt & Parker based in Odiham, explains: “We are launching dozens of new properties throughout June – a jump in our normal activity now the election period is over.

“Often we find there are three or four different homes that could suit a prospective buyer, so the best and most effective method to view them is through our Open House Day on Saturday June 13.

“It allows anyone to view multiple homes throughout the day, without commitment or set appointments times.

“This means the power is back in the buyer’s hands – flexibility and a more informal atmosphere can really make the difference.”

Unlike a typical Open House Day for just one house lasting only a couple of hours, Strutt & Parker coined the idea of a National Open House Day to permit buyers to view any house for sale from any of their 30 offices around England, except London.

The June 13 event will see buyers view as many houses as they like between 10am and 4pm.

Since 2009, the amount of properties taking part in the event has soared by 28 per cent and the number of viewers on the day has increased by 41 per cent.

As a direct result, converted into offers received, the figure has grown considerably from £42million to a staggering £80m.

“The unique nature of an Open House Day means it works both ways – the sellers will get plenty of pairs of feet through the door and the buyers will get the opportunity to see what they want, when they want,” said Ian.

It is especially good for a buyer who is not 100 per cent sure what they are after, allowing them to comfortably view as many properties as they like and establish their likes and dislikes more quickly and efficiently.

“Opening horizons like this has seen many successful offers over the years.”

For more information about the Open House Day, call Strutt & Parker Odiham on 01256 702892 or visit struttandparker.com/openday