Revealed: the affordable property hotspots 'on the up'

Revealed: the affordable property hotspots 'on the up'

New research by Which? Mortgage Advisers reveals where homebuyers can find homes under the national average of £200,000, in areas that have seen the biggest increase in property prices in the last year.

The new Which? analysis, and interactive property price map, reveals the areas of the country which have seen the largest increase in property price in the last year, yet remain below the national average property price of £200,000. These areas on the up could be prime locations for first-time buyers or investors.

The analysis of Land Registry data reveals that Liverpool's central 'L1' is the top affordable area on the up, having seen a property price increase of 41.2% in the last year. An average property increased in value from £85,000 between December 2011 and November 2014, to an average of £120,000 for the year to November 2015.  

Second and third were Conwy's 'LL27' in North Wales and Bradford's 'BD1', just east of the city's University. Average property prices in these postcode areas increased by 37% and 36% respectively. In Conwy's 'LL27', the average property price rose from £135,000 between 2011 and 2014, to £185,000, and in Bradford's 'BD1' they rose from £42,000 to £57,000. Despite the significant increase in average property prices in these areas, they remain under the national average.

Even in the capital where prices are higher, Bexley's 'DA18' had affordable homes with potential to increase in value. The average property price in DA18 was £191,500, up by 32% in the last year.


David Blake at Which? Mortgage Advisers said: “For a first-time buyer or a buy-to-let investor, these up and coming areas can provide an affordable alternative to buying in an already established area. You could see your property grow in value quickly, but it's important to remember that property markets can change, and there is never a cast-iron guarantee that values will continue to rise.

A mortgage is a significant financial commitment that needs to be considered carefully. Seeking independent mortgage advice early on is vital in order to know what options are open to you.”

Which? Mortgage Advisers provides the following tell-tale signs that an area may be 'on the up':

    If an area is next to currently thriving town
    If a local authority plans to regenerate the town centre
    If there are plans to improve transport links
    If new trendy shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife start to appear
    If you see skips and scaffolding -an indication of increased prosperity and improved housing stock
    New build properties appearing - often increasing the value of surrounding properties too
    New schools being built or current ones climbing Ofsted rankings - often property values in the surrounding catchment area increase too
    New estates agents appearing - a sign of a growing property market

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