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UK’s easiest place to buy a home where you’ll get the keys in weeks


You’ll be in your new pad in no time (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, the UK property market is infamously challenging.

If you’re a homeowner that’s previously sold a property, you’ll be well acquainted with the fact that selling up isn’t always instant. In fact, it can take months for someone to put in an offer, let alone for it all to go through.

But if you’re wanting to sell a property this year (or you’re a buyer looking for a relatively speedy handover), the best places to sell in the UK have been crowned – and top of the list is Glasgow, Scotland.

The average property in the dear green place (as it’s affectionately known) is on the market for just 41 days – barely one month’s rent.

In March 2023, this was even shorter at a teeny tiny 36 days, according to data from Quick Move Now and Home.co.uk.

The top 10 best places to sell a property in the UK, as per Quick Move Now and Home.co.uk

  1. Glasgow: 41 days on the market, £209,000 median asking price
  2. Edinburgh: 51 days vs £315,000
  3. Reading: 53 days vs £385,000
  4. Ashford: 54 days vs £350,000
  5. Bracknell: 54 days vs £500,000
  6. Belfast: 55 days vs £175,000
  7. Rochester: 55.5 days vs £280,000
  8. Balham, London: 56 days vs £700,000
  9. Chatham: 65.6 days vs £270,000
  10. Furzedown, London: 57 days vs £525,000.

How much do homes cost in Glasgow?

The average asking price for a property in the Scottish city is £209,000 – though this is up by £19,005 since last year, it’s still pretty good compared to the UK national average, which was £285,000 in December 2023, according to the ONS.

You could snap up this modern two bed apartment in Glasgow city centre in popular Merchant City, with west facing city centre views. Or, there’s this stunning one bed flat in the popular Hillhead area, set within a traditional terraced villa, for £200,000.

Alternatively, families might prefer this three bedroom apartment in Shawlands, a safe and affordable suburb, for just £210,000.

The average asking price for a property is £209,000 (Picture: Getty Images)

UK locations where homes sell fastest

Close behind in second place is another Scottish favourite: Edinburgh, where the average home now takes just 51 days to sell.

Here, asking prices are a little higher than in Glasgow, with the average now resting at £315,000.

However, this figure has only increased by £5,000, a smaller margin than its Scottish sister.

In third place, we’re back down south in Reading, where the average property spends just 53 days waiting for its new owner to snap it up.

The Berkshire town has skyrocketed in the rankings since March 2023, when it took almost a month longer to sell at 80 days.

Estate agent reveals the mistake that could decrease your home’s selling value by 30%

If you’re in a reset mindset and looking to sell your place in 2024,
you might want to assess whether the features in your home could be
devaluing it.

In fact, there’s one that could decrease its potential selling price by up to 30%.

An outdated kitchen could knock a few pounds off the asking
price. This is the big kicker, as this could decrease the value by between
20 and 30%, according to Jennifer Spinelli, estate agent and founder and CEO of Watson Buys.

Elsewhere, have you ever heard of kerb appeal? Well, you have now. It refers to how attractive a property is when it’s viewed from the street.

Think: a nice colourful front door, Victorian black and white tiling or just
a nicely trimmed hedge.

It goes without saying that if a property has poor kerb appeal, that could
decrease its value by between ’10 and 15%,’ Jennifer tells Express.

Meanwhile, Ashford in Kent has an average time period of 54 days, with the typical asking price going for £350,000.

Not far behind was Bracknell, which also has an average of 54 days – but has a much higher typical asking price at £500,000. Shockingly, this was up by £100,000 from the £400,000 figure in March 2023.

The worst places to sell a home in the UK

It’s not all roses, though. It’s not easy to sell everywhere – particularly not in London, as the figures show that of the top 10 worst places to sell a property in the UK, a whopping nine were in the capital. Ouch.

Though an incredibly chic neighbourhood inundated with bistros, bars and theatres, if you think it’s easy to sell up in Soho: think again.

In this central London location (zone 1, no less), it takes an immense 241 days – almost 8 months – to shift the average property.

And in the equally boujie Marylebone, it takes 236 days – and the average property is listed at £1,680,000, which is certainly not within most budgets.

Not feeling inspired? We don’t blame you…

The top 10 worst places to sell a property in the UK, as per Quick Move Now and Home.co.uk

  1. Soho, London: 241 days on the market, £2,000,000 median asking price
  2. Marylebone, London: 236 days vs £1,680,000
  3. Mayfair, London: 233 days vs £2,395,000
  4. Aberdeen: 207 days vs £140,000
  5. Charing Cross, London: 200 days vs £1,500,000
  6. Knightsbridge, London: 200 days vs £2,650,000
  7. Regents Park, London: 185.5 days vs £1,697,500
  8. Paddington, London: 181 days vs £1,050,000
  9. Bloomsbury, London: 181 days vs £1,400,000
  10. Strand, London: 180 days vs £1,300,000.

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