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Newark named in UK top 20 list of property hotspots, according to Haysto

Newark has been named as one of the UK's top property hotspots.

According to new research, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, had the highest rate of property purchases during 2020, followed by Pontefract, West Yorkshire and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Mortgage platform Haysto analysed Government data to work out the figures — with Newark coming in 11th for house sales during the year.

Property purchase rate. (45737485)
Property purchase rate. (45737485)

The rankings are based on the number of house purchases per 10,000 people in the area's population, with the company saying the data illustrates a trend of people shunning cities for a quieter life.

They say despite early reports during the coronavirus outbreak predicting that the housing market would crash — it did the opposite.

By October, mortgage approvals were at a 13-year high and November saw 124,800 transactions completed nationwide — 18,000 more than the five-year average.

Property purchase rate. (45737471)
Property purchase rate. (45737471)

Small towns saw most property purchases relative to their population last year.

The lowest number of purchases in the country were in Portsmouth, followed by the Wirral.

Haysto said buyers have moved further away from bigger cities in the past year.

Newark Market Place. Saturday, January 9. (43894617)
Newark Market Place. Saturday, January 9. (43894617)

Many have worked from home for long periods and felt that they may not return to a daily commute after the pandemic.

Other factors, such as more space and gardens, which are harder to find and less affordable in urban areas, also figured on buyers’ wish lists.

Many are keen on fewer crowds and a quieter life.

Paul Coss, co-founder and mortgage broker at Haysto, said: “The impact of Covid-19 changed the property market in 2020 nationwide.

"I believe when we come out of lockdown and the economy starts to bounce back, this could be a good year to move or get on the property ladder.

“Next month lenders are due to launch new mortgage deals with more flexible lending criteria to encourage more people to move home.

"It’s much-needed to support those who’ve been impacted by Covid-19 such as furloughed staff, self-employed, or people who’ve seen their credit affected by financial struggles.”

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