Homes in commuter locations in Peterborough and Milton Keynes sell fastest in UK

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Properties in Peterborough and Milton Keynes are selling faster than anywhere else in the UK, taking a median average of just 13 days for a sale to be agreed, new research shows. A key factor is that both towns are considered an easy commute to London, as home buyers and property investors alike look to move out of the capital in search of better value, according to the research by Bristol is another area where property sells fast with city having five out of the top 10 postal districts in the firm’s property hotspot list of fastest selling location outside of Greater London. This includes the BS2 postcode area, which is next to the city centre's university, suggesting that the buy to let market for student accommodation is a strong motivator for buyers in Bristol. The continued interest in investing in student accommodation is also a factor in the Woodley area of Reading being named another property hotspot. In this area of the city, which is close to Reading University, it takes just 15 days to sell, in terms of the median average. Suburban Glasgow is another property hotspot. Clarkston and Giffnock, which are both affluent areas to the south of the city centre, take two top 10 spots in terms of median average time to sell outside of Greater London. Greater London's property hotspots are also dominated by suburban areas, showing heightened interest in commuter belt homes, the research report says. But while 10 areas outside of Greater London have a median average time to sell of 15 days or less, just two areas of the capital, Uxbridge and Sidcup, have such a quick turnaround. This research shows that properties in the UB7 area of Uxbridge, near to Heathrow Airport, and the DA15 area of Sidcup take only 15 days to sell. Sidcup takes one further Greater London top ten property hotspot place, with nearby Dartford claiming two places and Bexley, which is also near to Sidcup, another spot. The remaining top 10 places also show how popular such commuter belt districts are. Sutton has two postal code areas ranked among this elite group, while Romford and Kingston-upon-Thames claim the remaining places in terms of median average time on the market. ‘Our figures show that the really hot areas in the current property boom are now outside of the M25. These top sellers' markets are typically well to do districts where already premium prices are going through the roof, as buyers compete for the very limited supply of properties for sale,’ said Doug Shephard, the firm’s director. Taylor Scott International

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