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Study reveals best names for a quick sale

Here at House Network we have conducted research into the names of house sellers in the UK, and how many viewings those names have before they get a sale. Using data from 8,883 house sales in the UK, we’ve compiled the Property Market Names report.

The conclusion?

That if your name is Nigel, Mike or Louise, then chances are, you’re the best at securing a quick sale.  With an average of under 12 viewings before the property is sold, our report reveals that Nigel can sell a home in under 10.

There’s no gender bias at this end of the table, with an equal split of male and female names in the list of top ten fastest selling names.

Unfortunately, if your name is Jason, then you might find it more difficult. Jasons sell their properties with an average of 19.6 viewings, almost double that of Nigel. Ben (18.7), Nicholas (18.29), Colin (18.28) and Darren (18.11) are also among the top five slowest selling names. 

Men’s names dominate the 10 slowest selling names, with only Kate, Elizabeth and Amanda featuring this low down.

See where your name comes in our ranking table of the top 75 names for speed of house sale below:

 

Speed of sale

Rank

Name

Avg Viewings per sale

1

Nigel

9.9

2

Louise

11.3

3

Christine

11.3

4

William

11.5

5

Steve

11.6

6

James

11.7

7

Linda

11.8

8

Susan

12

9

Craig

12

10

Ian

12.4

11

Nicola

12.4

12

Janet

12.5

13

Sharon

12.5

14

Julie

12.6

15

Lee

12.7

16

Alan

12.9

17

Philip

13

18

Andrew

13.1

19

Rachel

13.1

20

David

13.2

21

Chris

13.2

22

Karen

13.2

23

Adrian

13.2

24

Claire

13.4

25

Kevin

13.4

26

Daniel

13.4

27

Paul

13.5

28

Stephen

13.5

29

Richard

13.6

30

Lisa

13.6

31

Sarah

13.7

32

Neil

13.7

33

Rebecca

13.7

34

Angela

13.7

35

Thomas

13.8

36

Martin

14

37

Christopher

14.1

38

Peter

14.2

39

Steven

14.3

40

Victoria

14.4

41

Keith

14.6

42

Adam

14.8

43

Anna

14.8

44

Jonathan

15

45

Graham

15.1

46

Michael

15.2

47

Jennifer

15.4

48

Jane

15.5

49

Alex

15.5

50

Tim

15.6

51

Joanne

15.7

52

Robert

15.8

53

Helen

15.8

54

Stuart

15.9

55

Alison

15.9

56

Matthew

16.3

57

Laura

16.4

58

Mark

16.6

59

Brian

16.9

60

Andy

17

61

Emma

17.1

62

John

17.2

63

Simon

17.2

64

Gary

17.2

65

Elizabeth

17.4

66

Lucy

17.6

67

Amanda

17.6

68

Barry

17.8

69

Nick

18.07

70

Darren

18.11

71

Colin

18.28

72

Nicholas

18.29

73

Kate

18.3

74

Ben

18.7

75

Jason

19.6

 

We also took a look at the most common names that were buying and selling, with David, Paul, Andrew and Mark making the top four. The same names are common buyers too, with David taking 1.9% of all purchases.

Male names with the most total purchases (%)

David

1.9

Paul

1.7

Andrew

1.5

John

1.4

Mark

1.2

Peter

1

Michael

1

Richard

1

James

0.8

Chris

0.8

 

While Sarah and Emma are the top female buyers, accounting for 1.1% and 0.7% of purchases in the UK.

Female names with the most total purchases (%)

Sarah

1.1

Emma

0.8

Claire

0.7

Rachel

0.6

Laura

0.6

Nicola

0.6

Helen

0.6

Rebecca

0.6

Victoria

0.4

Karen

0.4

 

However, no woman has managed to break into the top five most common vendor names of 2015 with this list mirroring that of the most common male purchasing names. 

Most sales by name in 2015 (%)

David

(2.8)

Paul

(2.0)

Mark

(1.9)

John

(1.7)

Andrew

(1.5)

 

Commenting on the report Mark Readings, House Network CEO, said: “Our first Property Market Names report shows a clear correlation between different first names and speed of sale.

“While we’re not suggesting any Jasons change their name by Deed Poll, at nearly double the average viewings per sale they certainly lag behind the Nigels and Louises of this world.

“It’s hard to put a finger on why Nigels are the quickest sellers; maybe it’s subliminal, maybe buyers just like the sound of the name Nigel, or maybe it’s all down to Nigel Farage’s increased media profile over the last couple of years, who knows!

“The frequency of buyers and vendors called David has a more clear cut explanation with this name being a permanent fixture in the top five most popular baby names from 1950-1990 simply meaning there are just more Davids of house buying and selling age.”