Homeowners selling their homes in outer London boroughs and the commuter belt have seen a rise in demand for their properties over the first three months of the year, according to new research by estate agent eMoov.co.uk.
Its latest Property Hotspot Index – which measures changes in supply and demand based on data from property portals Rightmove and Zoopla – put the London borough of Bexley in first place, with a 72% demand – as compared to the UK average of 39%.
Bedford – also an easy commute to London – performed well, coming third in the index at 66%, along with Medway in Kent and Aylesbury (both 63%), which came fifth and sixth.
Top 10 coldest spots
Reflecting a cooling of demand for properties in prime central London, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea were the “coldest spots”, both with demand at 12%.
Southwark (17%) and Hammersmith and Fulham (19%) were the other London boroughs to feature in the top 10 coldest spots.
North Tyneside came third (13%), while Stockton on Tees and Aberdeen were fourth and fifth respectively with 15%.
Demand for property is picking up in Aberdeen however. It was the top highest climber in the first quarter of 2016 with demand for properties up by 50%.
Durham is the the second-biggest climber in the last three months, with demand up by 42%.
Rhondda Cynon Taf was the only Welsh entry in the top 10 highest climbers in the past three months – up by 26%. Meanwhile South Lanarkshire joined Aberdeen as the only two Scottish areas to see demand climb in the past quarter – up by 23%.