HOUSE sales in Bolton are taking an average of 15 and a half weeks a leading house buying firm has revealed.

Property Solvers analysed more than 710 property sales across the region in the last 12 months utilising data which tracks a property from listing to the point it is marked as officially sold on at the HM Land Registry.

Houses sold fastest in the BL3 and BL4 postcodes, which covers Little Lever,Great Lever, Daubhill, Fernhill Gate, Deane, Darcy Lever, Farnworth, Kearsley, Highfield, Harper Green, New Bury, Moses Gate, and Middle Hulton. There 109 homes took an average of 14 weeks to sell.

Bolton’s slowest selling postcodes were BL1, BL5 and BL6 where sales took an average of 16 weeks.

Ruban Selvanayagam, Property Solvers co-founder, said: “Although there are some natural delays to be expected, it’s surprising that it takes so long for house sales to go through – especially in the digital age we live in. Whilst it’s true that the estate agency, conveyancing and mortgage industries continue to embrace the benefits of tech, much work needs to be done to overcome the friction across house sale chains.”