As you would expect from a town growing as rapidly as Reading, we have a buoyant housing market. Whether you are looking to buy or rent you will find an excellent choice of property from fine old Victorian villas to chic one-bed apartments.
Numerous agents in the town specialise in both letting and selling, though there are a few stand alone letting agents.
Letting is obviously a good option if you want to get a feel for an area before making a major financial commitment. However, the letting market in Reading has remained strong, so is not necessarily a cheap option, and with house prices having dropped over the last few years many agents report that sales are beginning to pick up.
A good place to start your property search is on one of the well-known web marketing sites (RightMove.co.uk or FindAProperty.com). You will find most of greater Reading's agents listed on these sites as well. Our store locator carries details of the town centre based estate agents - but you'll find offices throughout the town.
Another good source (especially for house shares/lets) is the local newspapers - either the Reading Chronicle (published every Thursday) or the Reading Post (published every Wednesday).
Like many major towns and cities in the South East, Reading has gone through a recent boom in residential development. Much of this development has been focussed on brown field sites in the centre, with apartment living in attractive high-rises becoming ever popular with singletons and younger couples.
Other development on the edge of town - at Kennet Island, West Village, and Tamesis Reach offers more variety and the very best in modern design aimed at family living.
The latest, rapid expansion of building adds to the town's traditional offer of red brick terrace, 1930's bay fronted semi's and impressive array of Victorian and Edwardian villas.