Right­move’s most searched spots

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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

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