Top ten locations in England that have seen the biggest spike in demand from prospective buyers in the last fortnight

Hereford is the location attracting the biggest increase in interest from potential homebuyers over the past two weeks, a leading property website suggests. Kristian Derrick, director of Ashtons estate agents in Wigan, said: 'Since the market reopened we're finding that the majority of our three and four bed homes are selling for at least asking price, with many going to sealed bids with a number of buyers interested. The only exception is the affluent town of Wimslow, where average asking prices are around the £461,535 mark.  According to the new research, which spans around 95 per cent of all homes for sale from estate agents on Rightmove's website, since the housing market reopened it is three to four bedroom properties achieving sales closest to asking prices.  The property website said that buyers for homes of this size are, on average, willing to pay 98 per cent of the total asking price across England. Demand in London has risen by 19 per cent over the period, but for many the capital is simply out of reach, with average price tags at around the £628,000 mark, according to Rightmove. Miles Shipside, Rightmove's property expert, said: 'The fact that towns are bouncing back better than cities is indicative of many prospective buyers choosing smaller areas to live, but still looking for places that will have all the facilities they need on their doorstep.  'Many of the towns in the list have cheaper prices so a buyer’s budget goes further allowing extra space for possible home-working and gardens for private relaxation. 'If you exclude London and some more expensive areas in the south then these types of home are typically in the £250,000 to £500,000 price band.  'These are currently appealing because they’re likely to benefit from more space and a private garden, attributes that home-movers tell us are now even more important than before lockdown. In-person viewings are restricted by social distancing measures and an upturn in the use of virtual property tours could end up unfruitful when it comes to a buyers' real willingness to part with their cash. On top of that, some banks and building societies are continuing to curtail mortgage deals, with many also tightening up lending criteria for borrowers.