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If you are either selling or buying a property in Runcorn, there are a few reasons why it may be taking some time to sell your Runcorn home or find that perfect place to call your new home. It may be taking longer than you thought to find a buyer for your home because of the current state of the property market, or finding that perfect home in Runcorn may be taking too long because of a lack of properties to buy.

Taking everything into consideration, all of these factors invite an obvious question; how long is too long to persist in the Runcorn property market?

If you are looking to sell your Runcorn property, it may have become infuriating when your home has been on the market for longer than you anticipated. Perhaps the property market is purely in a position where it’s challenging to get a property sold quickly, or sold at the price you want to achieve for it. If you do live in a Runcorn home that is towards the upper reaches of the price band, you have to be open to the idea that because it’s worth so much more than the average property in Runcorn, you will have to wait longer to get it sold as it’s more than what most individuals can afford.

Your Runcorn home might be taking longer to sell because your asking price is simply too high. Even if you are prepared to take a realistic offer, if you have an unrealistic asking price, your overpriced Runcorn property will undoubtedly turn off potential buyers from even being inclined to book a viewing.

Looking at the market in Runcorn compared to a year ago makes very interesting reading…


When it comes to the average length of time on the market, it’s the detached homes and apartments in Runcorn that appear to be taking longer to sell, yet the length of time Runcorn semi-detached and terraced homes seem to be on the market has dropped.

The overall average length of time a Runcorn property remains on the market has risen by 8.6%, from 96 days a year to 104 days today.

The question that remains: if you have no luck selling, should you leave your Runcorn property on the market or not? This is basically down to your personal circumstances – a big decider has to be if you are moving upmarket or downsizing.

Buyers will compare your Runcorn property to all the other homes on the market using the portals such as Rightmove, On the Market and Zoopla and even if your asking price is realistic, if your marketing (brochures, pictures, even video walkthrough) isn’t top-dollar, they will dismiss your property.

Remember, the average buyer only views 4.5 properties before they buy, and on average, each buyer will only spend just over 25 minutes viewing each home.

The more properties that are on the market, the greater the choice for buyers (yet more competition for house sellers), so we wanted to look at how many homes were for sale in Runcorn now, compared to 12 months ago.

As you can see, there is not much difference between the property types in Runcorn.

  12 months ago Now Percentage Change
Runcorn Detached 213 203 -4.7%
Runcorn Semi 178 183 2.8%
Runcorn Terraced/Town House 124 126 1.6%
Runcorn Apartment 103 81 -21.4%
Overall Runcorn Average 618 593 -4.0%

As for buying a Runcorn property, searching for that dream house can take time as you have to consider the needs of your spouse, children, schooling, what you can realistically afford and whether your current location can accommodate you until you find that perfect Runcorn home.

Don’t forget that upwards of 10% of homes do not make it to the portals (the portals are Rightmove, Zoopla and On the Market), so don’t just rely on the portals to let you know what is coming on the market. The number of times I speak to disappointed buyers who missed out because other buyers registered directly with the agent for property, while they relied on the portals.

When it comes to buying a Runcorn home, taking your time is always the more practical option, so you don’t make any decisions you will regret later on. The amount of money that is involved in buying a home and all the costs connected with it means that you should not rush into buying or selling without due consideration.