Despite the weather having been all doom and gloom, 2015 has well and truly kicked off with a boom in the property market, say the experts at The Step.

A spokesman for the Tyldesley-based, family-run estate agent said: “House prices appear to be lifting as consumer confidence continues to grow.”

According to the UK’s largest mortgage lender, house prices in the UK rose by just under eight per cent in 2014, while a quarterly price increase of 0.3 per cent brought annual house price inflation to 7.8 per cent in December and the average property price to £188,858.

This was partly due to reforms to stamp duty, which were brought in during December and should result in savings for anyone buying a house worth under £900,000, says The Step.

The busy town centre agent is urging all home owners who are considering selling their property to act now as the demand in the area is very high, with most new instructions taken on this year selling in a matter of weeks – and some in just a few days!

The spokesman added: “With more than 60 years of combined property experience, we pride ourselves on customer service, technology, local knowledge and a huge online marketing network that includes Rightmove, Zoopla, PrimeLocation and many more property portals.

“This helps us to maximise and ensure that our vendors and landlords get the exposure they need to take advantage of this buoyant property market.”

For details of The Step’s latest offers in regard to both letting and selling your property, take the next ‘Step’ and visit or call 01942 895940 – a member of the friendly team will be happy to discuss your property.