UK property demand now higher outside of London, says market report

Demand for property in the UK is now higher outside of London, increasing by 5% since the second quarter of the year, according to latest market intelligence report.

Bexley remains the hottest spot in the UK with demand climbing a 3% quarter on quarter to 77%, followed by Watford at 72%, Bristol at 71%, Reading at 68% and Barking at 65%.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Sutton at 64%, Cambridge at 67% and Medway, Havering and Brentwood all on 64%, the property hotspot index from online estate agent eMoov shows.

The London Borough of Ealing has seen the most drastic turn around in property demand with growth of 74%, although at an index figure of 38%, demand in the area is still relatively low.

Aberdeenshire is the coldest spot in the UK with demand at just 10% and demand in the area has halved since the third quarter of 2014. Highland is the only other Scottish region in the top 10 coldest spots, with demand at just 17%. Westminster at 15% and Kensington and Chelsea at 17% are the only London entries, with the other six coldest locations all located in the North West.

Camden is the fifth biggest faller over the course of the year, with demand reducing by a quarter year on year with Westminster down 33% and Islington down 15%. The rest of the year’s biggest fallers are again, located across the north of the country.

‘In early 2014, we predicted the ripple effect London as an individual, market would have on the UK property market. Although there are pockets of the capital that have enjoyed sustained demand, it’s the commuter belt that is currently top for property demand in the UK,’ said the firm’s chief executive officer Russell Quirk.

‘The uncertainty of the situation in Aberdeenshire and the local oil industry, seems to have had serious repercussions to the local property market. Not only is it bottom, but demand has halved in just a year. Unfortunately there can only be one consequence to property prices in the area, which is inevitably a drop,’ he added.

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