Demand for UK property down 8% since February, new data shows

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Demand for homes in the UK has dropped by 8% since February with London seeing an even bigger fall of 28%, according to the latest property hotspots index review. It also shows that within London the borough of Westminster has suffered the most from the real estate slowdown with demand down 42% while Glasgow has seen the greatest increase in demand. The index from online estate agent eMoov monitors the change in supply and demand for the most populated locations across the UK, by monitoring the total number of properties sold in comparison to those on sale. Another area in London where demand is falling is the Olympic Village in Stratford where demand in the four London Boroughs that straddle the development have fallen steadily. Hackney has seen demand fall by 36%, Tower Hamlets and Newham dropped by 35% and 33% respectively and in Waltham Forest it is down 24%. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the South East, the London Borough of Bexley came out top with a 71% demand for property while at 67% Reading has had the second highest demand for property of all UK Hotspots, with Brentwood and Hillingdon also placing in the top 10 with a 60% demand for property. The firm suggests that this highlights the change the proposed Cross Rail development is having on towns due to benefit from its extension, as the commute to London will become significantly easier as a result. Sutton at 65%, Watford at 64%, Guildford at 63% and Medway at 56% also made the top 10 as commuter friendly towns close to the capital. Elsewhere around the country Bristol was at number six but demand for property in the West Country city has still fallen by 3% since February. Brighton also made the top 10 with demand for property at 62%. Demand for property in Scotland as a whole is up by 5% since February and the capital Edinburgh came 49th out of Britain’s hot spots, the highest of the Scottish entries. It was however Glasgow that has witnessed the most drastic turn around, demand in Scotland’s second city rose by a total of 28% since February, the biggest change across the whole of Britain. Demand for property in Hull has risen 26% over the year closely followed by Doncaster and Bradford at 25%. Even Liverpool has enjoyed an increase of 9% in demand however not all of the major players from the North have enjoyed the same success. Demand in Leeds has dropped by 5% since February, Newcastle has dropped by 8% and demand in Manchester fell by 14%. In the East Midlands Derby come out on top with demand up by 3% in comparison to its rivals. At 36% it placed 43rd in the table, 10 places higher than Nottingham and 12 places higher than Leicester. Birmingham has remained almost static in its demand for property throughout the year, however as with London there has… Continue reading →

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