Rightmove’s top 10 fastest moving UK locations in 2018 mapped with quick house sale locations

Is there a correlation between the UK’s fastest-moving areas (Rightmove research) and homeowners needing a speedy sale of their property?

The Map illustrates Rightmove’s 2018 fastest moving locations together with Flying Homes quick house sale hotspots:
One notable common feature emerging is that when the locations are plotted on a map most of the locations are within a radius of 40/50 miles (North and South) of the M62 motorway which stretches from Knotty Ash in Liverpool, Merseyside in the West to North Cave, near Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, a distance of 107 miles.

There is a correlation between the UK’s fastest-moving locations and quick sale hotspots.

The Flying Homes survey into ‘quick home sale hotspots’ identified the top 10 locations as:

  1. Barnsley
  2. Doncaster
  3. Oldham
  4. Preston
  5. Rotherham
  6. Chesterfield
  7. Halifax
  8. Hartlepool
  9. Wigan
  10. Grimsby

The Rightmove survey reveals the top 10 fastest moving locations in 2018 as:

  1. Newport
  2. Oldham
  3. Scunthorpe
  4. Rochdale
  5. Leigh
  6. Wrexham
  7. Southport
  8. Colwyn Bay
  9. Dewsbury
  10. Birkenhead

At first glance from TABLE A, there isn’t much of a correlation between the towns in the quick home sale hotspots and the fastest moving locations (apart from Oldham in Lancashire appearing at number 3 and  2, respectively).


Town Quick Sale Rank Fastest Moving Rank County
Chesterfield 6  Not ranked Derbyshire
Barnsley 1  Not ranked South Yorkshire
Doncaster 2  Not ranked South Yorkshire
Rotherham 5  Not ranked South Yorkshire
Dewsbury  Not ranked 9 West Yorkshire
Halifax 7  Not ranked West Yorkshire
Newport  Not ranked 1 Gwent
Colwyn Bay  Not ranked 8 Conwy
Birkenhead  Not ranked 10 Merseyside
Southport  Not ranked 7 Merseyside
Wrexham  Not ranked 6 Clwyd
Preston 4  Not ranked Lancashire
Oldham 3 2 Greater Manchester
Wigan 9  Not ranked Greater Manchester
Rochdale  Not ranked 4 Greater Manchester
Leigh  Not ranked 5 Greater Manchester
Grimsby 10  Not ranked Lincolnshire
Scunthorpe  Not ranked 3 Lincolnshire


In TABLE B (below), The County locations below identify as ‘quick sale hotspots’ and fast-moving areas.’ Apart from Lincolnshire, It is predominantly the Northern Counties of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, which account for fast-moving locations / quick sale hotspots.

Other Rightmove’ fast-moving areas’ that do not rank very well as ‘quick sale’ hotspots are Wrexham, Colwyn Bay and Newport (North and South Wales, respectively) and Southport Merseyside. However, it’s worth mentioning that property is generally cheaper in Merseyside and North Wales, which correlates typically with quick home sale hotspot locations.

TABLE B (Identifies just the UK Counties for both quick sale hotspots and fastest-moving locations).

Town County
Chesterfield Derbyshire
Barnsley South Yorkshire
Doncaster South Yorkshire
Rotherham South Yorkshire
Dewsbury West Yorkshire
Halifax West Yorkshire
Newport Gwent
Colwyn Bay Conwy
Birkenhead Merseyside
Southport Merseyside
Wrexham Clwyd
Preston Lancashire
Oldham Greater Manchester
Wigan Greater Manchester
Rochdale Greater Manchester
Leigh Greater Manchester
Grimsby Lincolnshire
Scunthorpe Lincolnshire

The top 10 dataset for the Flying Homes quick sale hotspots overlapped with fast-moving locations identifies Oldham in both datasets. At the County level, Lancashire/ Greater Manchester features Preston and Wigan (quick-sale hotspots) and join Rochdale and Leigh (fast-moving locations).

What can be deduced from the analysis together of quick home sale locations and fastest-moving areas?

The analysis may confirm some or all of the following:

  1. House sellers desperate for a quick house sale will push through their home’s deal in the shortest timeframe.
  2. House buyers recognise they have a bargain property and want to secure their purchase and complete it in a short timescale.
  3. Both buyers and sellers (specifically in Oldham) recognise their mutual wish for property transactions to finalise quickly.
  4. Local searches, etc., may be faster in the above locations; therefore, sales of properties finalise quicker.

Use Rightmove’s property search tools to find a property in the above locations and Rightmove Plus for analysis if you are an agent.

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