Britain’s home moving hotspots revealed

Jessica Nangle

March 3, 2021

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New market insight by estate agent Keller Williams UK has revealed Britain’s home moving hotspots in the past year.

The research analysed the number of homes sold across England, Wales and Scotland over the past 12 months and what this equates to as a percentage of total residential housing stock.

Nearly 800,000 home moves have taken place in the last year, meaning 2.6% of Britain’s entire property market moved home despite numerous periods of lockdown restrictions and the wider ongoing problems caused by the pandemic.

The research showed that Scotland moves the most, with 81,751 transactions in the past 12 months, equating to 3.1% of all homes in the country.

Scotland accounts for seven of the top 15 home moving hotspots at a local authority level, with East Lothian seeing 4.1% of all homes hit the market in the past 12 months.

Midlothian (3.9%), East Renfrewshire (3.7%), South Lanarkshire (3.7%) and Renfrewshire (3.5%) also rank as some of Britain’s most prominent home mover hotspots.

In England, 2.6% of all households made a property move over the past 12 months, with the South West (2.9%), the South East (2.8%) and East Midlands (2.8%) ranking top.

Harborough in Leicestershire tops the table at local authority level, with 1,477 transactions completed in the last year resulting in 3.7% of the total property market moving in the area.

South Derbyshire (3.6%), North West Leicestershire (3.5%), Central Bedfordshire (3.4%) and Bracknell Forest (3.4%) also moved the most of all areas in England.

In Wales, 2.3% of the total property market decided to move last year, with Vale of Glamorgan seeing this figure increase to 3%, the highest in Wales.

Bridgend also saw a large number of home movers with 2.8% of all homes in the area selling, along with Conwy (2.6%), Denbighshire, Newport and Flintshire (2.5%).

At just 1.9%, the capital saw the smallest number of home movers in relation to market size, although this figure climbs to 2.9% in Bromley, making it the capital’s home moving hotspot.

Havering (2.8%), Bexley (2.7%), Richmond (2.6%) and Kingston (2.5%) also ranked high.

Ben Taylor, chief executive of Keller Williams UK, said: “Although 2.6% of households choosing to move doesn’t sound high, it’s important to remember this is in relation to 28.5 million total homes across Britain and against a backdrop of pandemic uncertainty and lockdown restrictions.

“In this context, nearly 800,000 successful home moves is pretty impressive, and the fact we’ve managed it while also juggling the strange new normal of lockdown life is pretty commendable.

“Of course, the dangling carrot of a stamp duty saving would have helped boost these figures.

“With a potential deadline extension on the way, we should see the number of us selling up and moving on remain high.”

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