How to Navigate the Property Market after the election and what could be a ‘Starmer Surge’

How do we navigate, what some people are calling, a potential ‘Starmer Surge’ following the general election?

Despite the anticipation and the ever-continuing speculations around this year’s election, the impact on the property market has been negligible.

Trends in the market, buyer interest, and property values have remained steady, showing no significant fluctuations. So given the political uncertainty, it suggests that factors that affect the property landscape are more economical than political, such as interest rates, demand and supply.

Homeowners in Bath and beyond have maintained their focus on these core elements and have demonstrated resilience to such economic turmoil. So, as political commentators predict a Starmer-led Labour ‘super majority’, could we see another ‘Boris bounce’ in the post-election months like we saw in early 2020?


Before we jump the gun, let’s look at why there are bigger fish to fry irrespective of who wins the election:

Homeowners looking to sell their properties will encounter increased competition. Starmer surge or not, as more homes continue to be listed for sale, the significant rise in mortgage rates has significantly impacted buyers’ incomes and their affordability to buy homes. This has led to a shift in demand. It has also caused price corrections in buoyant regions, especially in the south.


In the initial wake of any election outcome, we will likely see larger estate agents offering overinflated valuations to homeowners, only to suggest a price reduction months later. Larger agencies can afford to do this, but small agencies rely on consistent sales and thus tend to offer more realistic prices the first time of offering.

We have played witness to numerous Bath homeowners being advised to place their properties on the market at elevated prices after significant economic and political shifts. Over time, with few viewings and no genuine offers, they are reducing the asking price. Many homeowners, led with the prospect of achieving more for their property, end up missing out on desired homes. Many may think they are immune to such tactics, but the higher valuation is often very tempting.

It is natural to want to price your home ambitiously. While pricing your property with a high price tag is totally understandable, refusing to adjust the asking price after a few weeks of little to no interest can be a costly error. An overpriced home can stagnate, leading to potential buyers suspecting something is wrong with the property.

A lack of early interest and viewings should be seen as a clear sign that you need to reconsider the asking price. Being responsive and proactive is crucial if there are no serious inquiries or offers within the first few weeks. By doing so, Bath homeowners can avoid the traps of a stale listing and increase their chances of a successful sale and move.


If one compares the number of UK homes sold year to date (YTD) in 2024 (459,682), we can see it is 11.3% higher than the net sales of 2023, yet we are 22.9% lower than the YTD figure in 2021. However, if we look at the number of UK homes for sale today then there are around 694,000 homes for sale compared to 481,000 homes for sale in May 2021. Now, let’s delve deeper into the stats for specifically the Bath region.

So, linking back to what we have said previously, why is pricing your home right the first time so important? Well, only 51.9% of properties that have left the market since the start of the year have sold to completion. The other 48.1% of properties left the market unsold. So, you can see that by having an almost 50-50 chance of selling, you need to make sure your prices are realistic and that you are getting a great agent to market.


The Bath property market tends to shift collectively. The market remains manageable as long as the homeowners aren’t facing financial losses and can manage an upgrade. Many assume continuous gains when selling their home, but real profit only materializes when one parts with your final property. Once a property is put on the market it is crucial to focus on the online and offline marketing journey. The initial four weeks provide insights into whether the property is priced correctly, gauged by the number of web views on portals, actual viewings and offers received. One strategy employed by some Bath homeowners is to price their home at a slightly lower price to spark more interest and drive up offers.

Boutique agents, such as ours, can offer you a more authentic experience and a realistic valuation in a challenging and ever-fluctuating market.


In a slow property market, patience can wear thin. If considering switching agents, sellers should evaluate the current agents’ efforts and communication frequency. Multi-agency agreements can be another option, although these are becoming less popular due to the higher fees often associated.

Online agencies could be another option. However, their one-size-fits-all approach can fail to capture the nuances of individual properties, making them a less effective option in slower markets.


The current property market is a complex beast. ‘Surge or no surge’ it is all about maintaining a realistic asking price. The freeze on the BoE base rates is a welcome pause. While it won’t create a frenzy like the stamp-duty holiday of 2020, any possible drop in the summer or early autumn will be a welcome respite. With the right strategies and awareness, Bath home sellers can effectively navigate these waters and ensure their property finds the right buyer at the right price.

If you are interested in selling or buying a property, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team. Contact information can be found at the top of the page.