Housing costs rising fastest in the East Midlands

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The East Midlands has recorded the fastest property price growth

The cost of renting or buying a home rose fastest in the East Midlands in the past year, official figures show.

House prices in the region, which includes Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, went up by 7.5% in the year to the end of July.

The region also saw rental prices rise by 2.8% in the year to August – the fastest in Britain – the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Across the UK, house prices rose 5.1% in the year to July, the ONS said.

The rate was unchanged from June, but has slowed since mid-2016. The average UK house price was £226,000 in July.

Tenants’ costs

The ONS figures also show that rental prices paid by tenants to private landlords in Britain rose by 1.6% on average in the year to the end of August, down from 1.8% the previous month.

The increases were primarily in England, where rents went up by 1.7%, with Wales recording a 1.3% rise and Scotland seeing a 0.3% increase.

All regions of England saw rents rise over the past year, but the fastest increase was in the East Midlands, followed by the South East (2.6%) and the South West (2.1%).

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The River Trent flows through Nottingham

The second fastest growth in house prices – after the East Midlands – was in the East of England (7.1%).

Prices grew by 7% in the South West, where the average price of a property moved above £250,000 for the first time, according to the ONS figures.

The slowest property price growth was in London, marking a sharp reversal from the house price surge in the capital in recent years.

The average cost of a home was still much higher in London, at £489,000, compared with the typical price of £185,000 in the East Midlands.

Jonathan Hopper, managing director of Garrington Property Finders, said: “It took less than two years for London’s booming property market to slide from permanent front-runner to also-ran, to flat last.

“Of course the capital’s double-digit rates of annual price growth were always going to be unsustainable. So it’s reassuring that the new crop of best-performing English regions are well shy of this level, posting more froth-free gains of 7% over the past 12 months.

“Across the UK a degree of calm is returning to the market. Crucially these price rises are being driven by pragmatism rather than exuberance. The chronic shortage of supply has placed a floor under prices, while demand has been underpinned by a combination of cheap mortgages and a resilient jobs market, which so far has shrugged off the growing inflationary threat.”


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