House price growth may have slowed for most of the UK, but it has remained strong in the lower value areas of the market.

In terms of popularity, Bristol has come out on top with the most searches on property website Rightmove for both house purchases and rentals.

But, it is Scotland that has enjoyed the fastest-moving market, with four entries in the top 10 for the shortest time between a property being listed and going under offer.

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The biggest house price rises

If you live in Sudbury in Suffolk your house has had a good year, the region has enjoyed the biggest rise in house prices in 2017 with the average asking price rising by 13.1%, according to Rightmove. That is well above the national average of just 1.2%.

Houses prices rising in Yorkshire (Image:Shutterstock)

“Sudbury ticks all the boxes in terms of location, standard of living, mix of attractive properties and wealth of amenities,” says Dan Gurney, area manager of William H Brown estate agents in Sudbury.

“It’s a thriving market town with picturesque countryside on its doorstep so, all combined, it’s no surprise that it tops the table for price growth.”

 

Place

Average asking price at end of 2016

Average asking price at end of 2017

% increase

1.

Sudbury, Suffolk

£234,569

£265,291

13.1%

2.

Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

£170,398

£191, 716

12.5%

3.

Kendal, Cumbria

£205,622

£226,163

10.0%

4.

Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

£213,908

£235,083

9.9%

5.

Todmorden, West Yorkshire

£175,999

£193,408

9.9%

6.

Havant, Hampshire

£231,980

£254,379

9.7%

7.

Rushden, Northamptonshire

£207,499

£227,534

9.7%

8.

Kettering, Northamptonshire

£180,896

£198,354

9.7%

9.

West Bromwich, West Midlands

£136,393

£149,360

9.5%

10.

March, Cambridgeshire

£192,158

£210,157

9.4%

The biggest price rises occurred in areas with traditionally low house prices with asking prices well below the national average of £302,865.

West Yorkshire makes it onto the list twice with Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden both in the top five for house price growth.

“Popularity for Sowerby Bridge continues to grow. It’s become a highly desirable village to live in, providing an affordable alternative to nearby, trendy Hebden Village,” says Stephen Revell, branch manager at William H Brown Estate Agents in Sowerby Bridge.

“Buyers are certainly cottoning on to the fact that, in this location, you get a lot more property for your money without compromising on lifestyle and facilities.”

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Scotland tops the tables for fast sales

Property is flying off the shelves in Livingston in West Lothian with the average home finding a buyer in just 23 days, a week faster than in 2016.

The national average is almost treble that at 67 days, measured from when the property was first listed on Rightmove to it being marked by agents as ‘under offer’ or ‘sold subject to contract’.

Houses are selling fast in Edinburgh (Image:Shutterstock)

“Livingston has become extremely popular with people working in Edinburgh as it’s more affordable and there are trains that can get you in to the centre within 30 minutes, adding to an already buoyant local market,” says Simon Thomas, owner of RE/MAX Estate Agents in Livingston.

“Supply has been quite tight which has led to buyers finding themselves up against a lot of competition to secure the home they want, which has led to properties selling more quickly than before.”

South of the border, it is Corby and Kettering in Northamptonshire along with Coventry where houses are shifting the fastest with an average of just 35 days between them coming on the market and going under offer.

 

Place

No. of days to sell in Q4 2017

Average asking price

1.

Livingston, West Lothian

23

£147,588

2.

Edinburgh

34

£242,223

3.

Corby, Northamptonshire

35

£173,720

4.

Kettering, Northamptonshire

35

£198,354

5.

Coventry, West Midlands

35

£201,971

6.

Falkirk, Stirlingshire

36

£127,553

7.

Glasgow

36

£223,799

8.

Rugby, Warwickshire

36

£223,799

9.

Aldershot, Hampshire

37

£279,343

10.

Gillingham, Kent

37

£272,995

Bristol wins the popularity vote

When it comes to popularity, Bristol has come out on top as the most-searched-for place outside of London this year for both buying and renting. It’s closely followed by York on buyer searches and Birmingham on rental searches.

“Bristol has grown in popularity in recent times for many reasons, employment is high and the property market is strong,” says Sam Riddell, senior branch manager of Andrews Property Group in Bishopston, Bristol.

“However, it is the diverse culture of the city which has the most draw for people migrating to Bristol. From the many festivals each year to the street art we are famous for, Bristol has it all.”

 

Top buyer searches

Top rental searches

1.

Bristol

Bristol

2.

York

Birmingham

3.

Norwich

Leeds

4.

Edinburgh

Manchester

5.

Sheffield

Nottingham

6.

Birmingham

Liverpool

7.

Cambridge

Glasgow

8.

Bournemouth

Cambridge

9.

Manchester

Bournemouth

10.

Nottingham

Sheffield