Average time to sell climbs to around 10 months

Average time to sell climbs to around 10 months

The average time it takes to sell a property has climbed to 320 days according to the latest data release from the estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk.

GetAgent.co.uk keeps a comprehensive record of transaction times by monitoring the point at which a property is listed for sale to its entry as sold with the Land Registry. The data shows that between January and June of this year, the average property was taking 320 days to sell, an increase of 2 weeks on 2020 data.

There are regional variations… the North East has seen the largest increase in the time taken to sell a home. The average property in the region took 339 days to sell during the first six months of this year – 38 days longer than the previous six months.

London (+26) and the South West (+19) have also seen some of the largest increases in transaction times.

London also ranks top where the longest current time to sell is concerned. So far this year, the average home has taken 363 days to complete, with the North East (339) and East of England (332) also home to some of the longest property selling times.

Not only is the West Midlands home to the quickest time to sell so far this year, but it’s the only region where the average home is selling in less than 300 days (286).

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented:

 “The property market has continued to defy expectations during 2021, fuelled by the government’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday. Unfortunately, the compromise continues to be an increase in the time it’s taking for transactions to complete.”

“With lengthy delays having already amassed during the latter half of last year, the average time it’s taking for sales to complete has increased by just over two weeks so far in 2021 – although this stretches to over five weeks in the capital.”

Table shows the time to sell a home during the first 6 months of 2021 and how this compares to the previous six months
Location Average days to sell (July 2020 to Dec 2020) Average days to sell (Jan 2021 to Jun 2020) Change (days)
North East 301 339 38
London 337 363 26
South West 304 323 19
East of England 316 332 16
South East 306 321 15
East Midlands 292 303 11
West Midlands region 277 286 9
Yorkshire and the Humber 296 302 6
North West 304 307 3
England 304 320 16
Data sourced from GetAgent.co.uk based on the point a property is listed online for sale until it is registered as sold with the Land Registry.


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  • I don’t think this is a particulary accurate method of assesing this andis not reflective of experience on the ground. The time between completion and hmlr records being updated can be significant and so can’t be relied on.

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