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Up to 40% of homes for sale are chain-free in parts of UK

New research shared with Estate Agent Today suggest that in areas of the country almost four in 10 homes for sale are in fact chain-free.

This backs up earlier assertions by Rightmove that in addition to the regular chain-free properties that appear on the market, many more now exist because sellers are willing to rent before buying in a position to make their sale more attractive, and to put themselves in pole position for snapping up their own next home. 

The new data, produced by Denton House Research, is taken from Rightmove listings that contain the words ‘chain free’ and shows that the south east of England, East Anglia and London are near the top of the league table with 35 per cent of more of their properties listed on Rightmove being chain free.


The south east is also strong between 30 and 35 per cent, but that area is joined by several local authority areas in the Midlands and the north of England. 

The ’25 per cent and lower’ section is predominantly the Midlands, North East and North West.

A fortnight ago Rightmove gave an early indication that there were more vendors selling up and moving into rental properties. 

In late March, the portal said, there had been an annual increase in chain-free listings from 15 per cent to 21 per cent.

At that point the most marked shift had been in London where the percentage of chain-free homes jumped from 12 per cent last spring to 21 per cent this year.

According to Rightmove’s director of property data, Tim Bannister: “Selling chain-free is perhaps something some owners hadn’t considered as a possibility before now, but with the competitive market and stock shortage we currently have they’re trying to put themselves in a more attractive position when their dream home comes along. In the capital there are also some landlords who are selling up now, which could open up an opportunity for some first-time buyers looking for their first home.”

You can see the complete Denton House Research data below.

Chelmsford 40.3% SE
Ashford 39.8% SE
Bournemouth 39.3% SW
Lewisham 38.8% L
Hastings 38.5% SE
Canterbury 37.9% SE
Portsmouth 37.9% SW
Southampton 37.5% SE
Wembley 37.3% L
Wisbech 36.5% EA
Newbury 35.7% SE
Cirencester 35.4% SW
Oxford 34.8% SE
St Albans 34.7% SE
Harlow 34.7% SE
Birmingham Suburbs 34.7% WM
High Wycombe 34.6% SE
West London 34.4% L
Didsbury (Manchester) 34.2% NW
Luton 34.2% SE
Rugeley 34.2% WM
Taunton 34.1% SW
Isleworth 33.8% L
County Durham 33.8% NE
Hitchin 33.7% SE
Romford 33.5% L
Hexham 33.5% NE
Aldershot 33.4% SE
Rural Oxfordshire 33.3% SE
Banbury 33.2% SE
Staines-upon-Thames 32.8% L
North London 32.2% L
Gravesend 32.2% SE
South West London 32.1% L
Boston 31.9% EM
York 31.9% York
Thanet 31.8% SE
Farnham 31.6% SE
Hemel Hempstead 31.6% SE
Royal Tunbridge Wells 31.6% SE
Waterlooville 31.6% SW
Guildford 31.5% SE
St Neots 31.4% EA
Huddersfield 31.2% York
Maidenhead 30.9% SE
Kidderminster 30.8% WM
Croydon 30.6% SE
Lichfield 29.9% WM
Holme Valley 29.4% York
Maidstone 29.1% SE
Wokingham 29.1% SE
Average 29.0%  
Dartford 28.9% SE
Nottingham 28.8% EM
Hounslow 28.8% L
Croydon 28.7% L
Locks Heath 28.7% SW
Torbay 28.7% SW
Northampton 28.5% EM
Newcastle 28.5% NE
Twickenham 28.3% L
Burton on Trent 28.2% EM
Rural Cambridgeshire 28.1% EA
Birmingham Jewellery Qtr 28.0% WM
Biggleswade/Flitwick 27.9% SE
Sutton 27.8% L
Peterborough 27.7% EA
Sittingbourne 27.4% SE
Thurrock 26.8% SE
Medway 26.7% SE
Cornwall 26.3% SW
Leeds 26.1% York
Aylesbury 25.8% SE
Watford 25.5% SE
Stockport 25.4% NW
Coventry 25.4% WM
South Shields 25.1% NE
South London 24.9% L
Blackpool 24.9% NW
Neath 24.8% W
Doncaster 24.5% York
West Hampstead 23.8% L
Leicester 23.8% EM
Wigan 23.5% NW
Cotswolds 23.4% SE
Royal Leamington Spa 23.1% WM
Rugby 22.8% WM
Islington 22.7% L
Cardiff 22.2% W
Rotherham 21.6% York
Exeter 21.3% SW
Warrington 20.7% NW
Docklands 20.6% L
Corby 20.3% EM
Wrexham 20.2% W
Stamford 20.1% EM
Telford 20.1% WM
Ilkley 19.8% York
Wakefield 19.4% York
Hammersmith (London) 18.3% L
Accrington 17.5% NW
Rural Norfolk 15.7% EA
Whitby 14.5% York

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