Waverley house prices dropped more than South East average in April

House prices dropped by 0.8% – more than the average for the South East – in Waverley in April, new figures show.
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 10:38 am
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House prices dropped by 0.8% – more than the average for the South East – in Waverley in April, new figures show.

But the drop does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 10.4% over the last year.

An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.

The need for larger deposits and constraints on accessing mortgages have pushed homeownership further out of reach for many first-time buyers – despite Government figures showing 50% of renters would be able to afford the monthly payments.

In a recent major speech in Blackpool, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “comprehensive review” of the mortgage market would take place in a bid to help more people onto the property ladder.

The average Waverley house price in April was £518,365, Land Registry figures show – a 0.8% decrease on March.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South East, where prices decreased 0.3%, and Waverley was lower than the 1.1% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Waverley rose by £49,000 – putting the area 40th among the South East’s 64 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Milton Keynes, where property prices increased on average by 18.4%, to £323,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Slough gained just 3.8% in value, giving an average price of £304,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Waverley spent an average of £377,000 on their property – £32,000 more than a year ago, and £47,000 more than in April 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £611,000 on average in April – 62% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest fall in property prices Waverley in April – they dropped 1.2% in price, to £258,946 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 4.5%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: down 0.5% monthly; up 12.9% annually; £882,076 average
  • Semi-detached: down 0.9% monthly; up 11.4% annually; £523,039 average
  • Terraced: down 0.9% monthly; up 8.1% annually; £394,733 average

How do property prices in Waverley compare?

Buyers paid 35.4% more than the average price in the South East (£383,000) in April for a property in Waverley. Across the South East, property prices are high compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £281,000.

The most expensive properties in the South East were in Elmbridge – £667,000 on average, and 1.3 times as much as more than in Waverley. Elmbridge properties cost 2.8 times as much as homes in Southampton (£240,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.

Factfile

Average property price in April

  • Waverley: £518,365
  • The South East:£382,791
  • UK: £281,161

Annual growth to April

  • Waverley: +10.4%
  • The South East: +11.9%
  • UK: +12.4%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South East

  • Milton Keynes: +18.4%
  • Slough: +3.8%

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