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The surprising places to buy in Britain where property markets are on the up

You might be forgiven for thinking that in such a sluggish market, property hotspots – areas where local house price growth soars high above their neighbours – were a thing of the past. The Land Registry reported that the UK’s average house price growth in the year to April was just 3.86 per cent, while the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has found that the level of homes on the market has hovered around a record low for more than a year.

But research by property consultancy Hometrack suggests that if you look hard enough, there are still locations that buck the current lacklustre trend.

“It’s all down to local markets. We don’t live in a unified market where each area performs like…