Is your home earning more than you?

The pandemic property price boom has seen homes earn more per hour than their owners in the last year across more than a third of the nation, according to newly released research from

Property Reporter
1st August 2022
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The estate agent comparison site analysed the annual change in house price growth across Britain and what this equates to as an average hourly rate for full-time employment. They then looked at how this compares to the actual average hourly rate for full-time employment in each respective area.

The research shows that across Britain, the average property has increased by £32,893 over the last year. With the average person working 1,903.2 hours per year, this increase equates to an average hourly rate of £17.28.

At the same time, the average Brit working full-time has earned £18.84 per hour, outearning their home by just £1.56 per hour.

However, on a regional level, homes have out-earned their owners in three regions on an hourly basis over the last year - the South West (+£7.20), the East of England (+£4.68) and the South East (+£3.99).

What’s more, when analysing the market at the local authority level, GetAgent found that the annual rate of house price growth has equated to a higher rate of hourly pay across no less than 34% of local authorities, when compared to the actual hourly rate of pay for the average full-time employee.

In South Hams, Devon, the average house price has increased by £79,290 in a year. This is the equivalent of earning £41.66 an hour, a stark £23.70 more than the local average hourly earnings of £17.96.

In Harborough, Leicestershire, homes have outperformed their owners by £18.43 per hour; in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, it’s £16.05 per hour; in Islington, London, it’s £15.87 per hour; and in Mid Sussex, homes have earned £14.82 per hour more than the average person.

Colby Short, Co-founder and CEO of, commented: “House prices have boomed during the pandemic, so much so that bricks and mortar are earning more than the average hourly wage in over a third of Britain.

"This will be welcome news for those already on the ladder but it highlights the very tough task facing those yet to achieve this life milestone.

"Not only are house prices climbing at extraordinary rates, but our ability to afford them simply isn’t matching this pace, with the earnings available to the average person remaining largely static.”

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