Hamptons International has produced a list of locations which it claims have the most pent-up demand' from would-be house buyers - and for once it reflects a more complicated picture than the usual north-south divide.
Hamptons has analysed local economic data, housing market statistics and demographic information including incomes, job levels, migration and numbers of new homes being built, in all the English regions.
Surprisingly the areas with the most demand turned out not to be London or south east England, but East Anglia and the east Midlands, followed by the south east, south west, west Midlands, then northern England.
Hamptons has used the same methodology to produce the 10 most pent up' towns in terms of likely would-be buyers. A slightly more traditional picture emerges here, although with the east of England still playing a big role. The top 10 are:
1. Rushcliffe, east Midlands
2. Runnymede, south east
3. Elmbridge, south east
4. Bracknell Forest, south east
5. Ryedale, Yorkshire
6. Kingston upon Thames, London
7. Brentwood - East Anglia
8. South Cambridgeshire - East Anglia
9. Bedford - East Anglia
10. St Albans - East Anglia