New figures reveal where home owners in the North East are the most keen to sell up and leave - and who wants to stay put.

The data has been compiled by WeBuyAnyHome which has tracked the property market over recent years which has embarked on a real rollercoaster ride of highs and lows.

Despite the pandemic’s effect on the country’s economy and employment rate, the stamp duty holiday and the rise of remote working have given people a better chance of selling their homes.

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The study identified property sale trends across the country. It revealed that of all the North East regions, it is Gateshead where home owners are most eager to sell. There has been a year-on-year increase to 2021 of house sale enquiries of 28%.

The next highest figure is for Newcastle with an 18% increase followed by North Tyneside with 3%.

Meanwhile the figures show that people in County Durham appear the most content with their their lot and want to stay put. According to WeBuyAnyHome there has been a big 26% drop in enquiries about selling homes there.

People in Gateshead, home of the Angel of the North, are the most keep to sell up and leave
People in Gateshead, home of the Angel of the North, are the most keep to sell up and leave

After County Durham comes Sunderland which has seen a 21% year-on-year fall in house sale enquiries followed by a 14% drop in South Tyneside and 3% fall in Northumberland.

The England locations seeing the biggest increase in house sale enquiries since 2020 are Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (up 1,100%), followed by Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (up 375%) and Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire in third (up 309%).

Following Ribble Valley with the highest decrease of 53%, the areas experiencing the next most notable decrease in homeowners wanting to sell were South Hams, Devon (-50%) and Gedling, Nottinghamshire (-46%).

Overall, the top reason homeowners in England cited when making an enquiry was due to a desire to upsize to a larger home (18% of enquiries).

The second most likely reason was the sale of a second home (16%) which suggests Brits have had to focus on cutting back on unnecessary costs. Retirement accounted for 9% of enquiries.

Table shows - Local Authority area: Year-on-year change in house sale enquiries, 2020/2021

Gateshead: +28%

Newcastle: +18%

North Tyneside: +3%

Northumberland: -3%

South Tyneside: -14%

Sunderland: -21%

County Durham: -26%