The Manchester housing market is booming. And one local agent says he’s never seen anything like it.
Referred to casually as England’s second city, the Northwestern English metropolis is known for its longstanding industrial history.
But now, the city is a center of culture, popularized by its bustling nightlife scene and famed football. And it’s drawing homebuyers in droves.
Anthony Stankard is the managing director of Reside Manchester, a Deansgate-based residential agency. He told the Manchester Evening News that his firm sold £52 million (over $60.8 million) worth of homes over the last year as the city’s housing market bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic.
Between August 2020 and July 2021, the firm has sold 167 properties, he said, amounting to £51.25 million in sales. That’s an average of just under £1 million a week in sales (all to UK-based buyers), in addition to the 555 properties the firm let over the same time frame.
“We’ve had a year like no other, but despite everything we’ve been through Manchester continues to thrive,” he said. “I always had this feeling it would come back strong, but it’s been way beyond anything even I could have predicted. Since April it’s been absolutely phenomenal. I have been doing this for 20 years and, in the rental market especially, I’ve never seen anything like it.”