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April 22, 2008

UK’s least popular destinations revealed

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by Kay Mitchell

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Research has shown that Halifax, West Yorkshire, has been labelled the least popular property destination in the UK this year.

A study by MoveMe, the property move website, found that 57% more movers have left the town than arrived during 2008.

The second least popular property destination is Uxbridge which has pushed East London out of the second spot.

MoveMe said Halifax, most famous for being the old head office of Halifax Building Society, has little going for it. It is located out in the sticks with poor communication links and high crime levels.

The former textile town has failed to achieve the resurgence seen in the neighbouring golden triangle of Leeds, York and Harrogate, according to Mark Cunningham, MoveMe’s founder.

The most popular destination for movers in the UK was the West Country with Truro and Torquay making it into the UK’s top 3 destinations for 2008.

40% more buyers were looking to move to Truro than move out. Land Registry figures show that the average house price in the area is currently £212,097, almost £30,000 higher than the UK average.

Furthermore, Torquay is a popular destination due to good schools and low crime rates which is why 36.7% more people were looking to move into the coastal area.


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