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Percentage of downsizing home moves by UK regions

Using statistics from reallymoving user quotes, we have been able to track what percentage of the buyers in UK housing market are downsizing to a cheaper property. We can also see which areas of the UK have the highest percentage of downsizers.


This research was carried out using information entered into the Conveyancing quote form on reallymoving. The data collected is based on the percentage of homeowners registering for quotes on reallymoving, that are buying a property for less than they are selling for.

The graphs above include live data.

The top graph* indicates the overall trend of downsizers in the market, using a 4 month rolling average. The bottom graph** is a static percentage of downsizers in a given area in the last 365 days. The top graph is dynamic and can be adjusted to reflect a given region by clicking on said region on the bottom graph.

About reallymoving

Launched in 1999, reallymoving is the UK’s leading provider or free instant quotes for home moving services. It is an independent and privately financed company, majority owned by its management and directors.

During 2023 reallymoving generated almost 582,000 quotes on behalf of its UK-wide network of partners, representing approximately £150 million worth of work in 12 months. Reallymoving estimates approximately 9% of the UK’s home movers receive quotes from the site.

Reallymoving provides instant quotes for conveyancing, surveys, removals, Scottish home reports and EPCs.

See more insights:

Mover types

  • First Time Buyers - % of First Time Buyers by UK regions
  • Upsizers -  % of upsizing home moves by UK regions
  • Investors - % of buy-to-let (BTL) homes purchased by UK regions


  • Mortgages - % of homes purchased with a mortgage by UK regions
  • Cash Buyers - % of homes purchased by cash buyers by UK regions



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