Worcester, Wolverhampton and Walsall all saw increases of near 10% in the number of properties sold in the first half of the year, figures have shown.
A two-speed housing market is developing with sales racing ahead in southern regions but remaining sluggish in many parts of the north, according to high street bank Halifax.
The 10 towns which have seen the biggest jump in sales levels in England and Wales during the first half of the year are all in London and the South East. But all except three of the 10 towns that have seen the slowest recovery in transaction levels are in northern regions, including three places where there has been no pick up at all.
Ilford had the largest increase at 85%, followed by Croydon at 73%, Maidenhead at 71% and Romford at 69%, with Watford and Tunbridge Wells completing the top six, with rises of 65% and 61% respectively.
Sales increased by 9% in Worcester, 8% in Wolverhampton and 7% in Walsall.
But at the other end of the scale, sales levels have actually fallen by 1% in Blackpool, while they have remained unchanged in Grimsby and Sunderland.
Only four of the top 20 places that have seen the biggest rise in sales are outside of southern regions, namely Chorley in Lancashire, Stockport, Shrewsbury and Durham.
Fareham in Hampshire and Ipswich were the only southern towns in the table for the lowest level of improvement in housing sales, with transaction levels increasing by just 7% and 9% respectively.
Across the whole of England and Wales property transactions have increased by 27% during the six months, although they still remain well down on levels seen before the credit crunch struck.
Suren Thiru, Halifax housing economist, said: "Over the past year, some towns have recorded considerable increases in the number of sales compared with 2009. Most of these towns have been in London and the South East and have good commuter links to central London."