House prices jump £700 in January says Your Move

House prices jump £700 in January says Your Move

New figures from the latest Your Move House Price Index have shown that home values rose 0.2% (£688) last month, as the average house price in England and Wales breaks the £290,000 barrier.

The report highlighted that property prices are now increasing at twice the pace of earnings, up 5.5% annually compared to 2.1% salary growth.

The biggest monthly boost was seen in Bournemouth with a 2.9% (£7,371) upswing – driven by more tech jobs in the city and the strongest sales surge found in the North West, up 8.8% year-on-year as buyers seek more property for their money.

Adrian Gill, director of Reeds Rains and Your Move estate agents, said: “Existing homeowners have seen a satisfying New Year’s nudge in the value of their homes, making a positive start to 2016. While the 0.2% rise may seem small, we’ve now broken through the £290,000 barrier in average home values across England and Wales. Last June, average prices crossed the £280,000 marker, but we have to go back to August 2014 for the crossing of the £270,000 threshold. We’re now passing these milestones in quicker and quicker succession, as prices pick up pace. This hastening is good news for homeowners, but means it’s getting harder for those still hoping for homeownership.


In the last twelve months there’s been a 5.5% upswing in average property prices compared to just a 2.1% rise in average earnings. However, aspiring buyers now have much more support to help get a foothold on the ladder, with the launch of the Help to Buy ISA in December and the new Starter Homes scheme this year. But in the long-term there has to be a huge breakthrough in housebuilding if we’re going meet the growing demand for homes and keep house price growth sensible.
 
While the South East remains the region with the fastest year-on-year price rise at 7.7%, London has now swept to second place. The typical property in London has increased in value by £34,485 in the last year – almost equal to the £35,333 median gross annual earnings in the capital. This 6.2% hike in the capital’s home values has been driven by activity in the more affordable outer boroughs. The cheapest eleven boroughs have seen the biggest boost in property prices, up 14% (£47,052) year-on-year, with a typical home in Newham now costing £63,429 (23%) more than in December 2014. As London workers attempt to find affordable places to buy, prices are rising in the nearby commuter towns as well. The fastest growth year-on-year across the country has been experienced in Luton where home values are up 17.5%, with trains here only taking 23 minutes to get into St Pancras Station.
 
Bournemouth has seen the highest house price rises on a monthly basis across England and Wales, up 2.9% (£7,000) in December – equivalent to £226 each day. This upswing has been propelled by the expanding tech sector in the city. Last year Bournemouth was named the fastest-growing digital economy in the UK. This ‘silicon beach’ surge has created more well paid tech jobs in the area – spurring the recent rise in home values, as more people look to move into the neighbourhood.
 
Home sales have seen the usual seasonal slump in January, falling 26% from the previous month’s level. However, this is better than expected, with sales typically dropping by 28% between these two months. Regionally, there has been a significant upswing in sales in the North West, rising 8.8% in the last quarter of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. We are now seeing faster growth in sales in lower-priced areas, as buyers seek more property for their money.

When looking at the type of property selling successfully, there has been a turnaround in the trend seen in recent years. Sales of detached homes are now rising fastest, up 5% year-on-year in the final quarter of 2015. There was a total of 900,650 home sales in 2015, a decline of 2.6% from the previous year, but sales in the second half of the year were above the same period in 2014. We may see this pattern reversed in 2016, as sales increase before April’s buy to let tax changes.”

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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