Rightmove delivered more leads than ever before on the back of record online traffic in January, the company has revealed.

More than 127 million people visited Rightmove last month, up almost 20 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year.

The sharp increase in visits helped to ensure that email and phone enquiries to agents hit a new record of over 4.9 million, up 15 per cent year-on-year.

The latest data also confirms what many of us already know. We are a nation obsessed with property. Collectively people spent the equivalent of over 2,000 years browsing Rightmove in January, with the number of page views for the month hitting a new record of 1.7 billion.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove Director, said “The busiest ever start to the year gives a very confident outlook for the coming months, with some of the surge possibly coming from investors looking to make last minute deals before the changes to stamp duty come in on 1st April, as well as first-time buyers looking to see if any of the schemes could help them get a foot on the property ladder.”