Properties across Great Britain are selling ten days faster than this time last year, new data from the UK’s number one property website Rightmove reveals today.
The fastest selling location is Cambridge with an average of 27 days until a sale is agreed, and seven of the top ten fastest selling areas are all London boroughs, from Sutton and Lewisham both at 29 days to Bromley at 35. Warwick (33 days) and St Albans(34 days) also make the fastest selling top ten.
In the slower selling markets properties could be for sale for an average of more than 100 days before a deal is made, with areas in Walesand the North making up the majority of the list.
Powys in Wales has the slowest selling properties, taking 113 days on average, followed by Gwynedd(112 days) and Sefton in Merseyside (106 days).
The new data includes all properties that were changed to Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) by agents during April to June 2014, and measures the interval of time since they were first listed for sale on Rightmove.
Although some of the slower towns have seen increases in time to sell compared with 2013, all regional averages have fallen showing the housing market recovery to be broad-based. The biggest falls year-on-year were in London (32% drop from 60 to 41 days), the South East (22% drop from 65 to 51 days) and the East (20% drop from 70 to 56 days). The North East sees the smallest fall of 2% (90 to 88 days), followed by Waleswith 5% (92 to 87 days).
Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst comments:
“This new data shows just how different the pace of the housing market is at a very local level, and clearly displays that speed is key for both buyers and sellers. Buyers want to know that they can be the first to find new properties on the market, and sellers expect to have their property marketed as quickly as possible to find a suitable buyer. When selling a property you need to consider local market conditions to help set the asking price and ask your agent how soon they can have your property on the market – Rightmove’s new instant property alerts mean your property can be emailed to potential buyers in less than 90 minutes. Professional quality photos are a must, especially of the most important rooms such as the kitchen, lounge and bedrooms.
Our study looks at the average time from first listing, to being confident enough in the buyer’s ability to proceed, to actually mark it up as sold subject to contract. So although some sellers might find a potential buyer in a few days, the averages reflect the time taken to carry out thorough checks to minimise the risk of the sale falling through. A good agent will establish proof of cash, ability to get a mortgage with the stricter mortgage criteria in place under Mortgage Market Review, and if are they reliant upon a chain of other property sales. People shouldn’t be disheartened if their property has been on the market before a sale is agreed for longer than the times shown, but if it’s been on a lot longer they should ask themselves and their agent if there is a different tactic they could try to help garner more interest in the property, such as reviewing the asking price, retaking photos from different angles, and making sure the property’s selling features really stand out.”