It has been another busy month for the top end of the prime market. Over £2 million sales were up 5% on 2020 and 29% higher than 2019. The lower end of the market was quieter, suggesting many buyers wanting to purchase this year did so to take advantage of stamp duty savings. October saw 35% fewer sales under £2 million compared with 2020. But this follows a busy first half of the year, with sales under £2 million so far this year 59% higher than 2020.