Across England and Wales, the average asking price in March was £310,108, marking a 1.3 per cent or £3,877 month-on-month increase, Rightmove said.

The figure stands only £363 below a record high of £310,471, recorded in June last year.

Price growth is now being driven by the Midlands, with the pace no longer being set by the more affluent London commuter belt, says Rightmove. 

Midlands-based estate agents are reporting record sales and…

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