WARRINGTON has seen an 18 per cent fall in the number of homeowners wanting to sell their houses since the start of the pandemic – the biggest decrease in Cheshire.
But the trend was established before Lockdown – the town witnessed a 27.42 per cent fall in house sale enquiries over the three-year period 2018-2021.
This is according to data released by national cash home-buying company We Buy Any Home.
By contrast, there has been a 25 per cent increase in house sale enquiries in East Cheshire and a 13 per cent increase in Cheshire West and Chester during the pandemic.
Halton has also seen a fall – but only of six per cent.
Over the three years 2018-2021, East Cheshire saw a decrease of 2.92 per cent and Cheshire West and Chester 5.37 per cent.
But Halton saw an increase of 13.33 per cent during the same period.
We Buy Any Home’s study reveals the last three and-a-half years of property sale enquiry trends locally and across the UK – and the most common reasons why people are selling.
Across Cheshire, 15.o9 per cent of people want to sell to upsize and 13.92 per cent want to sell a second home.
Some 9.67 per cent are looking for a “dream home” and 8.49 per cent are retiring.
Other reasons are: Downsizing (8.49 per cent), financial difficulties (6.60 per cent), inheritance (6.37 per cent), relocating (5.90 per cent). Chainbreak (3.07 per cent) and divorce/relationship break-up (6.84 per cent).
The UK locations seeing the biggest increase in house sale enquiries since 2020 are East Renfrewshire, Scotland and Mid and East Antrim, Northern Ireland. Both of these counties have seen a 500 per cent increase, with Monmouthshire, Wales seeing the third biggest increase in house sale enquiries with 111 per cent.