House prices increased by 0.2% – more than the average for the South East – in Waverley in October, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 13% over the last year.

The average Waverley house price in October was £581,485, Land Registry figures show – a 0.2% increase on September.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the South East, where prices increased 0.1%, but Waverley was lower than the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Waverley rose by £67,000 – putting the area 20th among the South East’s 64 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Rother, where property prices increased on average by 19.6%, to £401,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Guildford gained 6.5% in value, giving an average price of £533,000.

Average UK house prices increased by 12.6% in the year to October, accelerating from 9.9% in September.

The increase in the annual percentage change was partly caused by a sharp fall in average house prices in October 2021, following changes to stamp duty.

The average UK house price was £296,400 in October, which was £33,000 higher than a year earlier.

Tom Bill, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, said: “Despite today’s figures, double-digit UK house price growth is now a thing of the past.

“Even as the reverberations of the mini-budget fade, a more adverse lending landscape is emerging after 13 years of ultra-low rates."

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Waverley spent an average of £422,000 on their property – £49,000 more than a year ago, and £77,000 more than in October 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £685,000 on average in October – 62.4% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Waverley in October – they increased 0.3%, to £987,180 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 13.1%.

Among other types of property:


How do property prices in Waverley compare?

Buyers paid 43.6% more than the average price in the South East (£405,000) in October for a property in Waverley. Across the South East, property prices are high compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £296,000.

The most expensive properties in the South East were in Elmbridge – £741,000 on average, and 1.3 times as much as more than in Waverley. Elmbridge properties cost 2.9 times as much as homes in Southampton (£253,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

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


Average property price in October

  • Waverley: £581,485
  • The South East:£404,990
  • UK: £296,422

Annual growth to October

  • Waverley: +13%
  • The South East: +12%
  • UK: +12.6%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South East

  • Rother: +19.6%
  • Guildford: +6.5%