House prices increased by 1.7% – more than the average for West Midlands – in Rugby in March, new figures show.
The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 11.7% annual growth.
The average Rugby house price in March was £288,449, Land Registry figures show – a 1.7% increase on February.
Over the month, the picture was better than that across West Midlands, where prices increased 1.1%, and Rugby outperformed the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Rugby rose by £30,000 – putting the area 11th among West Midlands’s 30 local authorities with price data for annual growth.
The best annual growth in the region was in Herefordshire, where property prices increased on average by 15.2%, to £297,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Staffordshire Moorlands gained just 6% in value, giving an average price of £215,000.
Winners and Losers
Owners of detached houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Rugby in March – they increased 2%, to £484,172 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 15.1%.
Among other types of property:
Semi-detached: up 1.8% monthly; up 11.1% annually; £281,221 averageTerraced: up 1.2% monthly; up 8.9% annually; £212,058 averageFlats: up 1.2% monthly; up 6.6% annually; £139,799 average
First steps on the property ladder
First-time buyers in Rugby spent an average of £229,000 on their property – £23,000 more than a year ago, and £58,000 more than in March 2017.
By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £341,000 on average in March – 48.7% more than first-time buyers.
How do property prices in Rugby compare?
Buyers paid 19.9% more than the average price in West Midlands (£241,000) in March for a property in Rugby. Across West Midlands, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost £278,000.
The most expensive properties in West Midlands were in Stratford-on-Avon – £366,000 on average, and 1.3 times as much as more than in Rugby. Stratford-on-Avon properties cost 2.7 times as much as homes in Stoke (£136,000 average), at the other end of the scale.
The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.
Average property price in March
Rugby: £288,449West Midlands:£240,528UK: £278,436
Annual growth to March
Rugby: +11.7%West Midlands: +10.3%UK: +9.8%
Best and worst annual growth in West Midlands
Herefordshire: +15.2%Staffordshire Moorlands: +6%