York nearly bottom of the property hotspots league, finds new survey

Fewer people are checking out York's properties for sale. Photograph: David Cheskin / PA
13 Jun 2017 @ 6.48 pm
| Environment, News

We might think it a highly desirable place to live.

But York is languishing near the bottom of the league when it comes to demand from homebuyers.

According to a survey by website Zoopla, our city is at number five in the cities least in-demand from property hunters.

Edinburgh was the most ‘in-demand’ area. Homes listed for sale in the Scottish capital typically received 145% more interest from house hunters than the average property.

Sadly York was at the other end of the scale.

Property coldspot

A house for sale in York received nearly half as many enquiries as the average home. With a figure of minus 48% it was joint fifth worst performing city with Doncaster and Telford.

More a property coldspot than a property hotspot.

Here’s how the figures look.

The top 10 best performing cities

PositionCityChangeAv House Price
3Central London77%£778,530

The top 10 worst performing cities

PositionCityChangeAv House Price
1Prestonminus 55%£183,584
2=Wiganminus 51%£155,946
2=Newportminus 51%£164,126
2=Warringtonminus 51%£204,592
5=Yorkminus 48% £278,499

Lawrence Hall, a spokesman for Zoopla, said: “This new set of figures gives us valuable insight into which areas of the British property market are most in demand.”

Zoopla analysed the volume of enquiries received by each property listing between April 1 2016 and April 1 2017 to provide a ranking of the most in demand property markets. It analysed Britain’s 50 biggest urban areas.

In our pre-election interviews, live-streamed on Facebook all three candidates for York Central identified housing as one of York’s biggest problems.