Property Prices…

The average asking price in England and Wales hits a new high, says rightmove, but there are big differences between the north and south.

The average property asking price in England and Wales has reached a record high, according to property website rightmove’s April index.


This month’s average asking price is £243,737, beating the previous record set in May 2008 by £1,327. But inflation means that prices are actually down in real terms by 9.9%.


And the increase is mostly due to a rise in asking prices in London, which have shot up by 14.9% since that previous peak nearly four years ago. Both London and the south west have passed their previous asking price peaks this month, although in London’s case the previous peak was in March.


Outside London, asking prices have fallen by an average of 4.3% over the same period. In addition to London and the south west, the only places where asking prices are rising are the south east and East Anglia. These findings broadly mirror the increases in sold prices from Nationwide’s recent study of first quarter house prices.

The marked north-south divide in asking prices is illustrated by this table, which shows the difference between asking prices now and their previous peaks:


Region Current average asking price Difference from previous peak price
Greater London £464,944 £9,785
South West £270,735 2.3%
South East £316,245 -0.3%
East Anglia £230,111 -1.1%
North £151,891 -5.8%
West Midlands £187,816 -8.7%
North West £167,352 -9.1%
East Midlands £165,041 -10.3%
Yorkshire & Humberside £156,672 -11.6%
Wales £164,943 -12.3%


In most cases, the previous asking price peak was in the second half of 2007, prior to the run on Northern Rock.

Rightmove says a lack of properties for sale is holding prices up in the regions where they are still rising, particularly in London and the south west.


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