Unexpected property sales boom

SHEFFIELD’s property market is enjoying an unexpected boom, with house sales up by more than a third over the last month, according to city agents.

Blundells, one of the area’s leading estate agencies, reports that sales rocketed during October.“We experienced a 35% increase compared to the same month last year,” said director Ian Appleyard.

He added that the increase was due partly to the way properties were priced: “Realistic asking prices help properties stand out in this market.

“Properties that are priced to sell are still being snapped up by buyers throughout the region,” he said. “Demand for properties in South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire remains strong.”

Blundells, part of Countrywide, is taking part in the group’s nationwide property sale on December 3-4.

The campaign will involve hundreds of properties and all Blundells offices.

It aims to kickstart the housing market by cutting prices to realistic levels, attracting new properties on to the market and generating viewings.

Mr Appleyard said: “The aim is to match up all those serious about buying and selling before the end of the year.

“Similar events in previous years have been highly successful and we are thrilled to be able to help both our determined sellers and a range of eager buyers find a serious match.”

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