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Rightmove: Detached properties are leading rise in home sales

The number of sales agreed is on the rise and the Somerset town of Chard has become a new hotspot, Rightmove claims.

Figures from the portal show that the number of sales being agreed is currently 13% higher than at this time last year.
This growth is primarily being driven by sales of detached houses, currently 17% higher than at this time last year, while smaller flats lag behind with a 6% rise.

Chard, a town in Somerset, is the new sales hotspot, with the number of sales agreed more than doubling (+123%) compared with this time last year, Rightmove said.


Second on the list of new sales hotspots is Hilton, in Derby, with an 112% annual increase in agreed sales and Padgate in Warrington is third.

Rightmove’s property expert Tim Bannister said: “For a long period during the pandemic and into last year, there was very little availability of larger homes. With not much choice of property to move to, this deterred some larger-home sellers from coming to market. Last year, movers had to adjust from historic low mortgage rates to much higher levels.

“Whilst some larger-home sellers may have built up more equity over time, others looking to take out a larger mortgage on a more expensive home would have been particularly impacted.

"Now, rates have come down from their peak, whilst prices have remained stable, and we have a group of larger home sellers who are seizing the opportunity to come to market. The increased choice is being met with more demand, resulting in higher numbers of sales.” 

Increase in number of agreed sales versus 2023

Detached house


Semi-detached house




Terraced house





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