House Prices Winners And Losers

Homeowners keep their properties for an average of 23 years, and research published in November 2020 shows a lot can change with house prices across two decades. Research shows how much homes have risen in value since 2000 – and highlight the house price hotspots where homeowners have gained the most. 

On average, a property bought in 2000 has increased in value by £96,979 or three times the average salary. 

Other key findings reveal:

  • The average property price has risen 78% across the UK’s largest cities
  • Manchester has outperformed the rest of the country with an astonishing 143% boost in average home prices
  • Landlords have seen terraced house values surge by an average of 96% over 20 years
  • London has seen prices jump an average of 95%, followed by Yorkshire and the East Midlands, where values are an average of 87% up

The data is based on Land Registry home sales and price information analysis.

Top 10 cities with the most significant rising property values

Manchester is miles ahead of any other city when measuring how much average property prices have increased between 2000 and 2020, according to the study by lender Ocean Finance

House prices in the northern powerhouse city have soared 143% or £105,627 in that time – which means an average value of £179,537 in 2020, compared with £73,910 two decades ago. 

The other property hotspot is Leicester. The East Midlands city has seen average house prices zoom 132% from £82,118 in 2000 to £190,440 in 2020. Five other cities have posted 100%+ price rises – Southend-on-Sea (117%); City of London (116%); Bristol (112%); Kingston-Upon-Hull (102%); and Cambridge (101%).

 Also cutting the top 10 are Brighton (98%), Derby (96%), and Coventry (95%).

Best cities for returns on property investments

The report contradicts some widespread assumptions about property values. Although popular with investors because the property is often cheaper, the North East has the lowest average property price increase since 2000 – just 55%. 

The study concludes demand from buyers is lower than perceived, which keeps a lid firmly on prices rising too fast. But home prices are rising faster in the north and midlands than in the southeast and southwest, traditionally considered more expensive. 

The data shows over two decades, prices have gone up at a slower rate in the south than in the north. Here’s a table showing how prices have fared across the regions since 2000:

RankRegionPrice increase 2000 - 2020Average price August 2020
1Greater London95%£485,159
2East Midlands87%£202,345
 Yorkshire & The Humber87%£170,025
3North West86%£173,617
4East of England85%£296,411
7West Midlands76%£204,886
8South West70%£264,886
9South East64%£332,147
10North East55%£131,701

Source: Ocean Finance & Office for National Statistics

Small is best for investors

Prices for terraced homes are streets ahead of the increase in value for other types of homes. 

On average, values of terraced houses have shot up 96% since 2000, while other property types have seen significant but lower increases:

Property typeIncrease in valueAverage property price
All types £256,109

Source: Ocean Finance and Office for National Statistics

Homeowners with a negative attitude

Separate research by mortgage lender The Halifax claims fewer homeowners believe the value of their homes increased in November. Just 14% think their home value is rising – with one in four expecting the price to rise over the next 12 months, compared to one in five who feel prices will fall. 

Renters were asked what is stopping them from buying a home, with 67% citing a lack of savings, not earning enough (55%) and poor credit history (26%). Nevertheless, 8% plan to buy a home in 2021; 13% will wait between two and five years to buy, while 14% are resigned to putting off the purchase for five to ten years. 

Expectations differ between age groups, with 13% of those aged 25 to 34 planning to buy in the year, 6% aged 18 to 24, and 3% aged between 55 to 64.

National parks boost for house prices

Building society Nationwide has posted data showing that buying a home in a national park comes with a 20% price premium compared with a comparable home outside a park. 

In monetary terms, that 20% is worth £45,000 to homeowners. Living within 5 km of a national park also comes with a premium of 6% on property values or £13,000 in cash.

Andrew Harvey, Nationwide’s Senior Economist, said: “National parks are often seen as highly desirable places and indeed creating new ones will undoubtedly benefit the wider environment by helping to preserve some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and the accompanying wildlife. 

“However, creating new national parks could also come with a price for an increasing number of homebuyers and sellers as our latest analysis suggests that houses in national parks attract a £45,000 premium over similar property elsewhere in the country.”

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