Where’s the fastest place to sell a property in the UK? It’s not London…

The average time it takes to sell a home in the UK has been revealed to be just over three months, a slowdown on what it was a year ago.

It takes an average of 96 days to sell a home, according to the latest data from Post Office Money, compared to the 91 days it took 12 months previously.

The fastest place to sell has been revealed to be Edinburgh, where it takes just 41 days on average. This is closely followed by Glasgow at 50 days, just over half the average.

Despite London’s reputation as a place where property gets snapped up fast, it fell below the UK average at 111 days. The average cost of a home in the capital is now £483,568, well above the £226,367 national average.

Opportunities for first-time buyers

Other cities that saw houses flying off the market were Bristol (61 days), Stoke-on-Trent (70 days), Manchester (71 days) and Portsmouth (73 days).

The slowest places to sell were Belfast at 119 days and Liverpool at 112 days. After London, other cities that saw longer waiting times for sellers were Swansea (110 days), Hull (101 days) and Newcastle (97 days).

The Post Office believes that the statistics could be helpful for first-time buyers who are prepared to be flexible with location.

Managing director Owen Woodley said: “Against a backdrop of muted but steady increases in house prices across the country and sustained demand from first-time buyers, these movements in time to sell reflect the changes in the number of properties listed for sale in cities across the UK.

“We know from previous research that first-time buyers are taking a flexible approach to finding an affordable home, most especially towards location.”

Self-certified Sophisticated Investor

Please read

I declare that I am a self-certified sophisticated investor for the purposes of the restriction on promotion of non-mainstream pooled investments. I understand that this means:

I am a self-certified sophisticated investor because at least one of the following applies:

I accept that the investments to which the promotions will relate may expose me to a significant risk of losing all of the money or other property invested. I am aware that it is open to me seek advice from someone who specialises in advising on non-mainstream pooled investments.

High Net Worth Investor

Please read

I make this statement so that I can receive promotional communications which are exempt from the restriction on promotion of non-mainstream pooled investments. The exemption relates to certified high net worth investors and I declare that I qualify as such because at least one of the following applies to me:


Sign up for first access to new developments and exclusive property investment opportunities.

We send limited and targeted emails on new launches and exclusive deals which best fit your areas. We are trusted by over 30,000 active buyers as their source for new stock.

  • New property developments
  • Professional market reports
  • Property deal alerts
  • Development updates
Manchester property investment


Receive trending news straight to your inbox and stay up to date on all of the property market trends and advice.

Established since 2005 we are a leading voice of authority and commentary on the UK property market. Our news is trusted by Apple News & Google News.

  • UK housing market
  • Mortgage & money
  • Buy-to-let landlords
  • Guides & advice

Talk to us

Speak to our UK property experts today:


+44 (0) 333 123 0320

Open from 9am-6pm GMT


+852 6699 9008

Open from 9am-6pm HKT