Detached homes most popular new-build amongst homebuyers during the pandemic


The latest research from Warwick Estates has revealed how the new-build market has been helping to satisfy heightened demand for larger homes during the pandemic.

Warwick Estates analysed new build property sales records from the Land Registry since the start of the pandemic at the end of January last year based on the type of property purchased by new-build homebuyers.

The results show that some 61,054 new homes have been purchased since the start of the pandemic and while flats remain popular, it’s detached homes that account for the largest level of market activity.

21,129 detached new builds have been bought across England since 31st January last year, accounting for 35% of all sales, the highest proportion of all property types. However, despite the growing EWS1 crisis, flats remained the second most popular choice with 19,225 sales accounting for 31% of market activity.

Semi-detached homes were the third most popular, accounting for 23% of all sales, with terraced new build homes accounting for just 11% of market activity.

This detached new-build property preference was prevalent across all regions of England but one.

In London, new build flats continue to dominate the market accounting for a huge 93% of all new-build sales since the start of the pandemic. Detached homes (1%), Semi-detached (2%) and terraced houses (4%) accounted for just 7% of market activity between them in total.

COO of Warwick Estates, Bethan Griffiths, commented:

“There’s no denying that our lengthy stint under lockdown restrictions has spurred greater demand for larger homes and this is no different within the new build sector.

In fact, detached homes have been the driving force within the new-build market in all but one region since the start of the pandemic and this change in homebuyer preference is something housebuilders will need to consider going forward.

That’s not to say that flats are no longer popular and they account for the second-largest level of transactions. Of course, they will always be more prevalent in an area such as London where not only is space limited, but buyers prefer the lifestyle offering that comes with living in a managed development of flats.”

Table shows total new build transactions since the start of the pandemic (31st January 2020) and the number and percentage of transactions attributed to each property type
Location All New Build Transactions Detached Homes Detached as a % of all Semi-Detached Homes Semi-Detached as a % of all Tarraced Homes Terraced as a % of all Flats Flats as a % of all
EAST MIDLANDS 5881 3059 52% 1787 30% 750 13% 285 5%
EAST OF ENGLAND 7260 3068 42% 1658 23% 832 11% 1702 23%
LONDON 9099 88 1% 151 2% 367 4% 8493 93%
NORTH EAST 2952 1609 55% 740 25% 331 11% 272 9%
NORTH WEST 7863 2905 37% 2053 26% 799 10% 2106 27%
SOUTH EAST 10394 3488 34% 2734 26% 1355 13% 2817 27%
SOUTH WEST 5854 2279 39% 1559 27% 952 16% 1064 18%
WEST MIDLANDS 6033 2486 41% 1508 25% 740 12% 1299 22%
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER 5718 2147 38% 1606 28% 778 14% 1187 21%
ENGLAND 61,054 21,129 35% 13,796 23% 6,904 11% 19,225 31%
Data sourced from the Land Registry Price Paid Records 31st Jan to June 2021 (latest available) excluding property types listed as ‘other’ and including new build transactions only

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