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

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 [1] in the UK.

  • 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

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 

The top 20 fastest moving markets 

Rank Local Authority Region Average number of days on the market* Fastest-moving

property type


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.


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.”


[1] 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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