Property agent Fleurets saw a significant increase in the sale of bottom-end freehold pubs for alternative use last year. In the year to September 2010 there was an increase of a third in the total number of freehold pub sales handled by the firm. Sale prices for these premises ranged from £20,000 to £1m, and of the 50% that went for alternative use the majority were sold for £200,000 or less. In comparison, Fleurets said that in the previous twelve-month period 42% of sold freeholds went for alternative use. The most common alternative use of former pub sites remains residential development.