Are these Britain's most unloved properties?

by Jonny Stevens on 11th February 2019

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there is plenty of love in the air. Unfortunately, love is in rather short supply when it comes to this three-bed semi-detached house in Liverpool, which has been on the market for almost NINE years, and still hasn’t attracted a buyer.

We have researched property markets in major towns and cities to find the UK’s most unloved properties. These are houses or flats that have been on the market for years. The house in Anfield was first listed for sale in April 2010 for £145,000, and even a £10,000 price drop hasn’t tempted any buyers to date.

It’s a similar sorry tale for a two-bed flat in Darlington, County Durham, which was first listed in May 2010 for £145,000. Despite the owners dropping the price by 17%, eight years have passed and buyers are a little thin on the ground. While, a one-bed flat in Middlesbrough, on at £36,995, has had its price dropped seven times; but even a 33% cut in the initial list price, hasn’t seen a sold board go up outside.

According to our research, the UK’s 20 most unloved properties* have been on the market, on average, for six years. Five properties have been on the market since 2010 and nine of the ten homes that have been listed for the longest period of time, are located in the north of England.

The following table shows the 20 UK properties that have been on the market the longest period of time:

Address/ Town/City

Region

Property value/ property description

Date property was first listed

Anfield, Liverpool

North West

£134,950/3-bed semi-detached house

12/04/2010

Darlington, County Durham

North East

£120,000/2-bed flat

05/05/2010

Cramlington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

North East

£69,950/1-bed bungalow

30/09/2010

Blackburn, Lancashire

North West

£110,000/3-bed bungalow

18/11/2010

Lakeside, Doncaster

South Yorkshire

£120,000/3-bed flat

18/11/2010

Whalley Range, Manchester

Greater Manchester

£330,000/2-bed flat

29/07/2011

Dore, Sheffield

South Yorkshire

£750,000/4-bed house

13/10/2011

Ormesby, Middlesbrough

North East

£36,995/1-bed flat

12/01/2012

Commonhead, Glasgow

Scotland

£49,000/1-bed flat

05/04/2012

Farnworth, Bolton

North West

£59,000/1-bed flat

19/04/2012

Worsbrough, Barnsley

South Yorkshire

£450,000/4 bed house

25/08/2012

Norwich

East

£250,000/4 bed end terrace house

04/09/2013

Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool

North East

£410,000/4 bed detached house

23/01/2014

Ravelston, Edinburgh

Scotland

£5,000,000/5 bed Craigcrook Castle

13/05/2014

Wylde, Birmingham

West Midlands

£610,000/4 bed detached house

14/08/2014

Oxford

South East

£550,000/4 bed semi-detached house

05/09/2014

Bradford

West Yorkshire

£89,950/2 bed terraced house

08/11/2014

Capel Llanilltern, Cardiff

Wales

£985,000/6 bed detached house

27/11/2014

Bieldside, Aberdeen

Scotland

£395,000/4 bed detached house

13/11/2014

Stoke-on-Trent

West Midlands

£80,000/2 bed flat

29/01/2015

Sam Mitchell, CEO of HouseSimple.com, comments: “There are a number of reasons why a home might not sell quickly; from macroeconomic factors to the condition of the property and the initial marketed price. There is not much a seller can do about the economic climate. All they can do is give themselves the best possible chance of finding a buyer whatever is happening in the wider property market and the global economy. And a property should sell in any climate if it is marketed correctly.

“A good estate agent should find you a buyer, but it’s still worth doing your own research before listing your property. Homeowners can easily find out what properties are selling for in their area to make sure theirs is priced accurately for the market. And once your property is listed, it’s important to keep on top of how viewings are going. Ensure you have access to performance reports, to check not just how many viewings you’ve had but what feedback buyers are giving, such as the price is too high, or the interior feels a little tired.

“Don’t forget, it’s vital your property views well both online and offline. You need high-quality photos online as scrolling through pages on a property portal is likely to be the first time a potential buyer will see your property. And make sure your home is clean and tidy, and free of clutter when people actually come round to view. Potential buyers make quick decisions on a property, and you want the first impression to be a positive one.

“If you have a buyer who is considering making an offer, but is wavering on the price, then be willing to negotiate to push the sale over the line. If it’s a matter of a few thousand pounds to secure a sale, then weigh up whether you can afford to take a lower offer. It’s likely that you will be able to cover it by negotiating a lower price on the home you’re buying.”

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