Homes in the West Midlands sell in an average 34 days, according to the latest figures from Rightmove.
However, some homes have been languishing on the market for years, unable to attract a buyer.
And with an expected bounce in new homes coming to market early in the new year, this could be problematic for homes that do not sell.
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This month, Rightmove saw a 19 per cent jump in the number of home-owners starting the selling process by requesting a property valuation from an estate agent compared to the same period last year.
This means homes that have been on the market for a long time could be left in the dark as they vie with fresh, new properties that could attract buyers’ eyes.
Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property data, said: “With the availability of stock so low, any property that sticks around stands out like a sore thumb and goes stale pretty quickly.
“Reigniting interest in a property that possible buyers have been ignoring as stale and over-priced often takes some bigger price reductions to below what could have been a successful initial asking price.
“Good local estate agents will have evidence for justifying the right asking price in your local area, as whilst it’s good to get ahead of the rest as a New Year resolution seller, setting too high an asking price may mean that your resolution to move in 2022 is broken.”
We rounded up five houses across our region that have been on the market from as long ago as May 2018.
Described as “a superb example of an elegant Victorian three-storey, detached spacious family residence”, this elegant five-bedroom home in Walsall has been for sale since May 2018.
Built in 1870, it’s in the Highgate Conservation Area and boasts many original period features, including doors, skirting boards, fireplaces and plaster work.
It is on the market for £695,000.
The double-fronted home sits behind a small garden with wall and iron railing and shrubs to provide some privacy from the road. Parking and a separate garage with mezzanine floor are to the side.
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The lounge has a sash window with built-in arched units either side, the original marble fireplace with cast iron insert and gas coal effect fire, tiled hearth, ornate cornice and oak flooring.
The dining room/conservatory is accessed from the lounge and there are double doors to the garden and another set of double doors to the refurbished kitchen with Belfast-style sink and chimney breast with recess for range style oven.
A second reception room, also overlooking the front, has a sash bay window with fitted shutters, original fireplace with marble surround and cast iron and tiled inset.
On the first floor are two large double bedrooms, one of which has fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom with claw foot bath with shower attachment, separate double shower cubicle, WC and vanity wash hand basin with drawers. The second and third bedrooms also have en suite facilities.
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Two more double bedrooms are on the second floor and these share a bathroom that has a claw foot bath, plus a separate WC.
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This three-bedroom semi-detached house in Handsworth Wood has been on the market since August 2019, priced at £385,000.
There is also the potential to extend as plans were drawn up for a double storey extension to the side of the property.
Set back from the road behind a block-paved driveway, the house has an integral single garage with side door and main garage door.
The lounge overlooks the front of the house and the dining room is at the rear, with double glazed sliding doors that open on to the garden.
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The galley-style kitchen has fitted wall/base units with work surfaces over and there is space for a range of kitchen appliances. A separate utility leads to the garage.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a single bedroom, plus a family bathroom with panelled bath with shower attachment over, hand basin, WC and airing cupboard.
The rear garden is described as low maintenance, with a paved patio and lawn.
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Kings Heath is a popular area for home buyers, yet this three-bedroom terrace has been on the market since March 2020.
Priced at £265,000, it is under the overall average price of a terraced house in that street, which Rightmove calculates is £307,492.
It said sold prices for terraced properties in Highbury Road over the last year were 9 per cent up on the previous year and 9 per cent up on the 2018 peak of £281,021.
It’s described as being in a great location, as it is a short walk from Kings Heath Park and you can also reach the high Street in under 10 minutes.
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The house is set back from the road and has two reception rooms, a kitchen, ground floor family bathroom and three sized bedrooms.
Outside it has a private rear garden.
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This extended, four bedroom detached family home is in a quiet cul-de-sac in Sutton Coldfield and on the market for £440,000.
Described as “generously proportioned”, the house is close to Pype Hayes Park and Pype Hayes Golf Club., yet no buyer has been seduced by its charms since it went up for sale in April 2020.
It has a driveway and carport, plus an integral single garage.
The main door is at the side, by the car port, and it opens into a hallway with guest cloakroom.
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The lounge has a feature fireplace and deep bay window shelf and an archway leads to the refitted, open plan kitchen diner. The kitchen has fitted base and wall cupboards, oven and hob and it is open to the dining area, which leads to the conservatory.
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, two of which have en suite facilities, and a single room, plus a refitted family bathroom. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn and it also has a patio and garden shed.
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This three-bedroom house is in a small cul de sac in one of the most favoured locations in Penn, Wolverhampton, according to the marketing agents.
It has been on the market since July 2020 and has an asking price of £275,000.
Downstairs there is a hallway with guest cloakroom. Off here is the lounge, which has a marble style fire place with display lighting and remote control fire.
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On the other side of the hallway is the kitchen, which has matching white units, cupboards and drawers, built-in oven, four-ring gas hob, plumbing for washing machine, wall mounted gas fired central heating boiler, and a door to the garden.
From the kitchen is the dining room, which has a patio door to the garden.
Upstairs are three bedrooms. The principal bedroom has an en suite shower room and there is also a family bathroom with bath, WC and hand basin.
The private rear garden is landscaped and has filled borders, lawn and a patio.
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There is sufficient space for several cars to park and the house comes with a detached garage.
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