Rightmove’s most searched spots
With 97 million of us visiting the biggest property portal in March, Fiona Brandhorst reveals which cities we’re clicking on
Sky-high prices in the capital, and a quest for bargains in regional cities, has seen Bristol, York and Cambridge become the top three most searchedfor locations outside of London this year, according to exclusive research from Rightmove. With average asking prices now at £600,000 in London, and stamp duty hiked for buy-to-let landlords and second-home buyers, the ripple effect is being felt across the UK.
“The high price of inner London and parts of outer London means that many will look further afield, having initially searched for options in London on Rightmove, seeing what they can or cannot get for their money,” says Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove. “All these cities are also popular in their own right, but have a London driver too as a double whammy,” he adds.
Lower property prices, strong employment and better transport links are encouraging buyers to revise their wish lists and look to the bright lights of England’s regions. Here are the most searched locations outside the capital in the first three months of 2016, on Rightmove. station,” says Oliver Critchard from Hamptons.
Redland, Cotham and Kingsdown adjoining the forever-popular Clifton to the north of the city are also hotspots.
The growing new media and tech industry employs more than 30,000 people in the city, with many of its university students staying on. “Bristol is a big, thriving city with the community at its heart,” adds Critchard. Amanda Weekes