As buyers rush to capitalise on the stamp duty holiday, Zoopla reveals the UK’s speediest property markets

19th November 2020

  • Falkirk, Scotland is the fastest moving property market in the UK, with properties taking an average of just 20 days from being listed to being sold subject to contract

  • Meanwhile Bridgend in Wales comes in joint second place - taking 24 days to have an offer accepted 

  • The Midlands dominates the list, and is home to eight of the top 20 fastest markets including Nottingham, Stoke-on Trent and Redditch

  • Properties in the South are selling at a slower pace. Waltham Forest is the only area in Greater London to feature on the list, with only two other locations in the South featuring in the top 20

  • Overall, three-bed, semi-detached properties are the fastest moving property type, while properties in £100,000 - £150,000 price bracket are the fastest moving

 

With buyers frantically rushing to benefit from the stamp duty holiday, Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination, reveals the 20 fastest moving property markets* in the UK. 

 

The Midlands leads the way

 

Markets in the East and West Midlands dominate the list, occupying eight out of the top 20 places. Towns within a 40 minute drive to Birmingham all feature highly in the list. Redditch in the West Midlands, an established commuter town close to Birmingham, ranks in seventh place, with properties on the market for an average of 27 days before being sold subject to contract. This was closely followed by Bromsgrove and Walsall (28 days).

 

The larger urban area of Stoke-on-Trent, known as the home of the pottery industry, ranked tenth in the list. Properties in this local authority also take an average of 28 days from being listed to being sold subject to contract. In Nottinghamshire, the village of Gedling ranks in 16th place, with properties here being on the market for 31 days, while it’s the same story in the larger market town of Mansfield. 

 

Slower pace in the South West and South East

 

Overall, properties in the South are taking a longer time to sell, with only three local authorities making the top 20. Waltham Forest in London is by far the exception, ranking in second place with properties taking just 24 days from being listed to be sold subject to contract. In line with London house prices, the fastest moving price band here is £400,000-£450,000, noticeably higher than the other local authorities in the list. 

 

Located in the East of London and perhaps best known as one of the host boroughs for the 2012 London Olympics, Waltham Forest has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly amongst Londoners looking to get on the property ladder in a location with great transport links and without breaking the bank. 

 

Outside of the capital, Bristol and Dartford are the only two locations in the South West and South East to make the list. Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK, Bristol ranks in 12th place with properties taking an average of 29 days to sell. A two bed terraced house is the fastest moving property type, while when it comes to price band, the speediest is £150,000-£200,000. 

 

Meanwhile, Dartford in Kent, long a favourite with London commuters, comes in joint 13th place (30 days) with a three-bed terraced house being the fastest moving property type. Perhaps reflecting its proximity and excellent transport links to London, the fastest moving price band here is higher, coming in at a £250,000-£300,000

 

The overall picture 

 

Overall, the fastest moving property type is a three-bed, semi-detached house, which takes the top spot in 12 out of the top 20 local authorities. The £100,000-£150,000 price band also leads the way, being the fastest moving in 11 local authorities, while £150,000-£200,000 comes in second place and is the speediest price band in a quarter of the top 20. 

 

Tom Parker, Consumer Spokesperson at Zoopla comments: “With a potential saving of up to £15,000, the rush from buyers to benefit from the stamp duty holiday is very much on. Of course there is still a significant amount of work to be done once a property is under offer, but properties being snapped up quickly by eager buyers is the first hurdle to leap if you want to make that saving. 

 

“We’d urge buyers to act quickly and decisively in their hunt for a perfect property. Any delay can not only mean you miss out on your dream home but could hit you in the pocket too.”



The top 20 fastest moving markets 



Rank

Local Authority

Region

Average number of days on the market*

Fastest-moving

property type

Fastest-moving

price band

1

Falkirk

Scotland

20

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

2

Waltham Forest

London

24

2-bed terraced

£400,000-450,000

3

Bridgend

Wales

24

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

4

Liverpool

North West

25

1-bed flat

£150,000-200,000

5

Salford

North West

26

2-bed terraced

£100,000-150,000

6

Sheffield

Yorkshire and the Humber

27

3-bed semi-detached

£400,000-450,000

7

Redditch

West Midlands

27

3-bed semi-detached

£150,000-200,000

8

Bromsgrove

West Midlands

28

3-bed semi-detached

£150,000-200,000

9

Walsall

West Midlands

28

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

10

Stoke-on-Trent

West Midlands

28

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

11

Leeds

Yorkshire and the Humber

28

3-bed semi-detached

£150,000-200,000

12

Bristol

South West

29

2-bed terraced

£150,000-200,000

13

Dartford

South East

30

3-bed terraced

£250,000-300,000

14

Nottingham

East Midlands

30

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

15

Oldham

North West

31

2-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

16

Gedling

East Midlands

31

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

17

South Staffordshire

West Midlands

31

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

18

Mansfield

East Midlands

31

3-bed semi-detached

£100,000-150,000

19

Trafford

North West

31

2-bed terraced

£200,000-250,000

20

Manchester

North West

31

1-bed flat

£100,000-150,000

* Days on the market rounded to the nearest whole number. Calculated as a rolling six months average from 1st May to 31st October.

*This analysis looks at the average number of days between the property being listed on Zoopla to offer (marked as Sold STC) - GB Residential Resale market transactions only. The analysis excludes properties which didn't receive an offer within six months of listing.

 

 

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