AN area of Warrington on the up has one of the highest rising asking prices for houses in the north west.

Great Sankey has had a 16 per cent rise in asking prices over the last year, which places the suburb at tenth in the hotspot list for rises across the country and fifth in the north west, according to Rightmove.

The average asking price there stands at £270,621.

Toxteth in Liverpool has been identified as the top house price hotspot, with a 20 per cent increase in the average price tag for a home over the past year.

Accrington in Lancashire, Retford in Nottinghamshire and Heywood in Greater Manchester closely follow with a 19 per cent increase in average asking prices, according to Rightmove.

Five of the top 10 hotspots are in the North West of England, a region where asking prices have risen by 8 per cent on average since September 2020.

Since the start of last year, nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of areas across Britain have hit record asking prices, Rightmove said.

Across Britain, the average asking price stands at a record £338,462, up by 5.8 per cent compared with September 2020.

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Here are average asking prices in September 2021 and the percentage increase for the top 10 hotspots, according to Rightmove:

1. Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, £151,958, 20 per cent

=2. Accrington, Lancashire, £139,220, 19 per cent

=2. Retford, Nottinghamshire, £210,761, 19 per cent

=2. Heywood, Greater Manchester, £194,634, 19 per cent

=5. Brixham, Devon, £318,859, 18 per cent

=5. Crowborough, East Sussex, £501,537, 18 per cent

=5. Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, £165,322, 18 per cent

=8. Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, £327,804, 17 per cent

=8. Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, £251,478, 17 per cent

10. Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, £270,621, 16 per cent

Tim Bannister, Rightmove's director of property data, said: "There's been significant growth across so many areas of Great Britain over the past year, which is reflected in the new price hotspots, where six different regions appear in the top 10.

"The number of homes for sale is at a record low, and buyer demand remains high. This competition for properties is supporting price growth."