Potential delays in property sales in the busiest cities

Research from WiggyWam, the all-in-one property platform, shows which UK cities have the busiest estate agents, therefore indicating where homebuyers are likely to have the longest buying timelines.


The UK's busiest agents can currently be found in Aberdeen, a city where each individual estate agency branch currently has an average of 29 sales listings on its books.

Second on the list is Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where each branch currently has an average of 28 for-sale properties listed.

Next is Newport with 27 properties per branch, and then Liverpool and London round off the Top five, joint at 26 properties per branch.

Following the Chancellor's confirmation that the SDLT holiday will be extended through to the end of June, it's likely that an influx of buyers and sellers are going to enter the market in the period of time between national lockdown easing, vaccination rates increasing, and the SDLT holiday window closing.

If so, those cities with the busiest agents are likely to be the same ones where completing transactions is going to take the longest.

This observation can also be reversed to indicate in which UK cities transactions are likely to be completed in the shortest timescale.

Glasgow, with a total of 122 estate agency branches (7th most in the UK), is the place to be for fast transactions because there are currently a total of 989 properties listed in the city, which means each branch is only handling an average of 8.

Second is Leeds with just 11 properties per branch, followed by Bradford with 12, Bristol with 13, and Oxford with 14.

WiggyWam CEO, Silas J. Lees MRICS, says:

"The extension to the SDLT holiday will undoubtedly lead to more pressure on agents to make hay while the sun shines. Not least in those cities where agents are already juggling a lot of work.

"However, it could well be the additional burden on lawyers, not agents, which turns out to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, ultimately leading to too many deals not being completed in time.

"Now more than ever, agents need to box clever by streamlining the conveyancing bottleneck as much as possible. Agents plugging into our conveyancing concierge service can get deals exchanged in half the time, guaranteed." 

 

Top 5 Cities: Most Properties For-Sale Per Estate Agency Branch

City Number of for-sale properties per estate agency branch
Aberdeen 29
Newcastle-upon-tyne 28
Newport 27
Liverpool 26
London 26

 

Top 5 Cities: Fewest Properties For-Sale Per Estate Agency Branch

City Number of for-sale properties per estate agency branch
Glasgow 8
Leeds 11
Bradford 12
Bristol 13
Oxford 14

 
Full data table for UK cities, ordered by number of estate agency branches

City Number of estate agent branches (sales) Number of listed properties Average number of properties per branch
 London  2,034  46,361  23
 Manchester 200 3,803 19
Birmingham 191 3,649 19
 Bristol 171 2,278 13
 Nottingham 151 2,35816
 Liverpool 123 3,13726
 Glasgow 122 989 8
 Leeds 120 1,277 11
Cardiff 99 1,541 16
Leicester 98 1,831 19
Sheffield 83 1,336 16
Bradford 82 1,012 12
Edinburgh 81 1,269 16
Bournemouth 75 1,420 19
Newcastle 67 1,879 28
Southampton 66 1,402 21
Plymouth 60 95016
Oxford 5984814
Portsmouth 5094919
Cambridge 3960816
Sunderland    3477423
Swansea 2250423
Newport 2157327
Aberdeen 1955829

 
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