The week before Christmas is the busiest of the year for house sales in West Yorkshire, figures have revealed.
Analysis of Land Registry property sales data by the Examiner shows the number of houses sold in every week of the year over the past five years.
During the week leading up to Christmas, 4,653 properties have been sold in the past five years as people desperately try to complete before December 25.
This is the equivalent of 133 sales a day in West Yorkshire during this week of the year.
The last week in June is the second busiest of the year with 127 houses sold every day across the area while the last week of December and the first week of January in any given year are the quietest of any given year.
Every local authority in West Yorkshire apart from Calderdale – where the second busiest week of the year was the second week in December – followed this pattern.
The figures will make pleasant reading for anyone unable to find a house so far this year. Sales per month between June and December are 27.7% higher than those between January and May in West Yorkshire.
Mike Sellers, of estate agency Boultons in Huddersfield, said: “December is always a good month for completions. There’s a world of difference between people looking for houses in December and people who have agreed to buy a house in October or November trying to get a compltion before Christmas.”
The week before Christmas was the busiest week of the year across the country – despite the distractions of last-minute Christmas shopping – with the Land Registry recording 3,746 sales every day that week in each of the past five years.
Like West Yorkshire, the last week in June is the second busiest week of the year nationwide.
Only 34 areas out of 350 in England and Wales featured neither of these two weeks in their busiest two of the year.
No weeks from the first five months of the year featured in the top two in any area of the country.