The London boroughs hit hardest by falling house prices

Londoners have seen an average of £53,000 wiped off the value of their properties in the last 12 months, according to Purplebricks.

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16th February 2024
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"While these figures may appear quite striking, there is plenty of good news for homeowners and plenty more on the horizon"
- Sam Mitchell - Purplebricks

Nine London boroughs have been hammered by price plunges, with Kensington and Chelsea being the hardest hit area, according to new data and analysis by online estate agent Purplebricks.

Homeowners just outside the capital have little to celebrate too, with homes in nine commuter belt areas losing an average of £35,000 in the space of a year.

In total, 18 of the top 20 worst-hit areas were either in the capital itself or a borough or district surrounding it - the average loss among them being £53,000.

The stark figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal average UK house prices fell by £4,000 or 1.4% in the 12 months to December, making a typical house worth £285,000.

The fall in prices is a slight improvement on the drop of 2.3% for the 12 months up to November.

Average property prices in both England and Wales fell, with a typical house in England falling 2.1% in value to £302,000, and dropping 2.5% to £214,000 in Wales.

The North East of England saw the biggest price change with an increase of 1.2%, while overall London was hit the hardest with a 4.8% slump.

However, homes in Scotland are now worth an average of £190,000 after enjoying a 3.3% rise in the last year.

And, average properties rose 1.4% to £178,000 in Northern Ireland in the year to Quarter 4, from October to December 20223.

In the capital, the City of London and Westminster lost around £142,000 and £141,000 respectively, while Hammersmith and Fulham properties dropped £70,000, Waltham Forest homes lost £42,000 and Haringey shed £28,000.

Outside London, the leafy stockbroker belt town of Tunbridge Wells took a bruising, with the average home losing around £47,000.

Homes in popular commuter areas like Runnymeade, Surrey Heath, Welwyn Hatfield, Tonbridge and Malling and St Albans lost an average of £37,000 in the last 12 months.

But it wasn't all bad news for people living in and around the capital, with properties in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames increasing £22,730 in value, and homeowners in the Surrey district of Mole Valley seeing a rise of £46,089.

Sam Mitchell, CEO of Purplebricks said: "While these figures may appear quite striking, there is plenty of good news for homeowners, and plenty more on the horizon.

"Homeowners in Scotland and Northern Ireland are continuing to see increases, and evidently the rate of decline is slowing across the UK in general.

"As long as we continue to see inflation moving in the right direction so the mortgage markets continue to move, I predict this trend will continue, and by the end of the year average UK prices will be back on the increase – and that, of course, includes the capital."

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