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New estate agent 'opens in London every 1.6 days'

West London's property hot spots revealed as new figures show the capital is now home to nearly 2,900 estate agents

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The number of estate agents in London has risen by 220 in the last year, according to HouseSimple.com

Ealing Broadway and Turnham Green are west London's hot spots for estate agents, according to research which shows a new one opens somewhere in the capital every 1.6 days

There are 17 property vendors within a quarter of a mile of each station, more than anywhere in London except Walthamstow, Borough and Wimbledon stations.

That's according to statistics published by the online estate agent HouseSimple.com.

It says there are now almost 2,900 high street estate agents in Greater London, up from 2,661 in February 2015.

How many estate agents are there when you live?

Borough Estate agents in February 2015 Estate agents in February 2016 Change (%)
Brent 60 64 5.8
Ealing 87 91 4.6
Hammersmith & Fulham 82 95 15.9
Harrow 67 67 0
Hillingdon 69 73 5.8
Hounslow 59 65 10.2
Kensington & Chelsea 127 137 7.9
Westminster 179 228 27.4
Greater London total 2,661 2,881 8.3

In Westminster alone, the number of estate agents has risen by more than a quarter over the last year, from 179 to 228.

Hammersmith & Fulham , which is now home to 95 estate agents, has seen a 15.9% increase during the same period, and Enfield is the only London borough to record a fall.

Alex Gosling, CEO of HouseSimple.com, said: "Estate agents have been making hay while the sun shines, opening more than 200 new offices in just 12 months.

"It's not surprising, when just one office can make hundreds of thousands of pounds in fees in a year. London high streets are literally paved with property gold."

Where are London's highest concentrations of estate agents?

Tube station Estate agents within a quarter of a mile
Walthamstow 18
Borough 18
Wimbleon 17
Ealing Broadway 17
Canary Wharf 17
Turnham Green 17
Balham 15
Notting Hill Gate 14
Camden Town 12
St John's Wood 11

* all figures according to HouseSimple.com

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