Stratford-on-Avon house prices increased more than West Midlands average in April

House prices increased by 3.9% – more than the average for West Midlands – in Stratford-on-Avon in April, new figures show.

File photo dated 14/10/14 of a sold and for sale signs. A gradual slowdown in the housing market in Scotland is likely as the cost-of-living crisis bites, a report has warned. House prices in Scotland continue to edge upwards but indicators are softening slightly, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) latest survey. Issue date: Thursday May 12, 2022.
File photo dated 14/10/14 of a sold and for sale signs. A gradual slowdown in the housing market in Scotland is likely as the cost-of-living crisis bites, a report has warned. House prices in Scotland continue to edge upwards but indicators are softening slightly, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) latest survey. Issue date: Thursday May 12, 2022.

House prices increased by 3.9% – more than the average for West Midlands – in Stratford-on-Avon in April, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 12.2% over the last year.

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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 Stratford-on-Avon house price in April was £385,565, Land Registry figures show – a 3.9% increase on March.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across West Midlands, where prices increased 0.5%, and Stratford-on-Avon was above the 1.1% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Stratford-on-Avon rose by £42,000 – putting the area 13th among West Midlands’s 30 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Herefordshire, where property prices increased on average by 18.3%, to £304,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Staffordshire Moorlands gained just 5.5% in value, giving an average price of £217,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Stratford-on-Avon spent an average of £299,000 on their property – £30,000 more than a year ago, and £63,000 more than in April 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £434,000 on average in April – 44.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Stratford-on-Avon in April – they increased 4.1%, to £611,964 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 14.8%.

Among other types of property:

Semi-detached: up 3.9% monthly; up 12.6% annually; £360,920 averageTerraced: up 3.8% monthly; up 9.1% annually; £286,353 averageFlats: up 3.3% monthly; up 6% annually; £187,087 average

How do property prices in Stratford-on-Avon compare?

Buyers paid more for properties in Stratford-on-Avon than anywhere else in West Midlands in April. The average price paid would buy 2.8 homes in Stoke (£136,000), at the other end of the scale.

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

Across West Midlands, property prices are high compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £281,000.

Factfile

Average property price in April

Stratford-on-Avon: £385,565West Midlands:£242,145UK: £281,161

Annual growth to April

Stratford-on-Avon: +12.2%West Midlands: +11.8%UK: +12.4%

Highest and lowest annual growth in West Midlands

Herefordshire: +18.3%Staffordshire Moorlands: +5.5%