Rhos-on-Sea was one of the most sought-after locations for home buyers in 2021.
Rightmove stats showed the picturesque seaside town saw the biggest increase in home buyer searches in 2021, compared to 2020, across the entire UK with an 858% increase.
Anthony Flint Property Consultants deal with properties in the Conwy County and social media and marketing manager, Patrick Glover, said the increase came as no surprise.
“We are lucky enough to live and operate in one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of the UK,” Patrick said.
“Rhos-on-Sea has always been a highly sought-after location, and for that very reason properties coming on to the market in that area are very rare.
“The ones that do, are snapped up very quickly.
“So with covid bringing an influx of buyers to the market over the past 12 months and more people looking to move away from the big cities, it is no surprise that places like Rhos-on-Sea have seen such a huge rise in popularity.”
All the 2021 buyer search hotspots on Rightmove were either villages, or located near the sea, a sign of the increase in popularity for homes in coastal or countryside areas.
|Rank||Area||Region||Increase in searches compared to 2020|
|1||Rhos On Sea, Conwy||Wales||+858%|
|2||Hove, East Sussex||South East||+680%|
|3||Chadlington, Oxfordshire||South East||+211%|
|4||Breage, Cornwall||South West||+109%|
|5||Isle Of Man||Isle of Man||+95%|
|6||Frizington, Cumbria||North West||+65%|
|9||Thorpeness, Suffolk||East of England||+51%|
|10||Allonby, Cumbria||North West||+45%|
2022 set to be busiest year on record
This year looks set to be even busier than 2021, if the January numbers are anything to go by.
Rightmove have recently revealed that January 2022 was it busiest start to the year on record.
Buyer enquiries about homes for sale jumped 16% compared to last year, 24% compared to 2020, and 41% compared to 2019.
In the rental market, tenant demand was 17% higher than last January, and 33% higher than January 2020.
Despite strong sustained demand from buyers, there are early signs of a better-balanced market over the course of 2022.
The number of new homes coming to the market for sale jumped 10% in the last two weeks of January compared to the same time last year.
In addition, the number of enquiries from potential sellers to estate agents to value their home reached record numbers with an increase of 27% compared to last year, 53% compared to 2020, and 52% compared to 2019.
Rightmove also recorded over 218 million visits to its site and apps, the highest number during a January.
Rightmove’s Director of Property Data Tim Bannister said: “We know that January is typically one of the busiest months for agents, with both buyers and sellers aiming to start the new year with plans for a new home, but even for a January, agents are reporting this will go down as one of the busiest ever.
“Strong buyer demand at the beginning of the year, even higher than that of January last year, shows us that people are still evaluating their needs and where they want to live, as they consider factors such as space, or returning to the office.
“The jump in new properties coming to the market over the last two weeks is a positive sign that there will be more choice to meet this demand during 2022, and the significant jump in valuation requests in the month compared to previous years, signals that there could be even more choice to come in the near future.”