BOTH Winsford and Middlewich are now property hotspots for first-time buyers and rental market investors.

The North West has seen the sharpest rise in house prices of anywhere in the country in the last year – a whopping 13.5 per cent - compared to a 10.9 per cent national rise, according to the government’s UK House Prices Index.

According to data from the property website Rightmove, house price in Winsford have risen only seven percent over the same period, and Middlewich just five percent, placing both towns below average nationally, and for the Northwest region.

This makes both towns extremely attractive propositions both for first-time buyers, and for those looking for opportunities in the buy-to-let sector.

Debi Lloyd, a director at estate agents Wheatcroft and Lloyd who has more that 20 years experience selling both residential and commercial property in Cheshire, says this has given the firm a great oportunity to expand its business into the towns.

Debi said: “Middlewich and Winsford are both thriving towns with strong local communities, excellent schools, and a range of amenities.

“They are ideally located for commuters, with easy access to major motorways and train stations.

“With house prices still affordable compared to many other parts of the UK, these towns are an attractive option for those looking to get on the property ladder or invest in rental properties.

“By expanding into Middlewich and Winsford, Wheatcroft and Lloyd estate agents are demonstrating their commitment to providing a high-quality service to clients across the region.”

The average price of a semi-detached house in England is currently £302,583.

A comparable house in Winsford would now set you back about half that, at £169, 884, while in Middlewich, buyers pay 33 percent under the national average, at £202,848.

Debi added: “This exciting move represents a new era for the company, as they seek to bring their unique brand of personalized and professional service to even more clients across the region.”