Commuter towns are sales hotspots
Ilford in Essex is the country’s leading property sales hotspot with an 85 per cent rise in the number of home sales in the first half of 2010 compared with the same period of 2009, according to research from Halifax.
Croydon (73 per cent) and Maidenhead (71 per cent) have seen the next biggest increases.
Just three towns have seen no increase in sales since last year: Blackpool (-1 per cent), Grimsby and Sunderland (both 0 per cent).
Suren Thiru, Halifax housing economist, says: “Over the past year, some towns have recorded considerable increases in the number of sales compared with 2009. Most of these towns are in the South-East and have good commuter links to central London.”