Welwyn Hatfield house prices significantly higher than national average
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 September 2018
House prices in Welwyn Hatfield rose by 0.9% in July, contributing to a 2.1% rise over the last 12 months.
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that the average property in the area sold for £389,102 - significantly higher than the UK average of £231,422.
In neighbouring Hertsmere, prices crept up by 0.4% with a year-on-year rise of 0.35% and the average property in the area selling for £461,274.
In St Albans there was an increase of 0.7% and a 0.5% rise with the average home selling for £519,193.
When it comes to detached houses, the average price in July was £813,052 in Welwyn Hatfield, £962,959 for Hertsmere and £987,414 in St Albans.
The average price for a semi-detached home in July was £453,411 in Welwyn Hatfield, £527,486 in Hertsmere and £606,202 in St Albans.
The average price for a flat or maisonette was £239,373 in Welwyn Hatfield, £306,668 in Hertsmere and £307,608 in St Albans.
Across the East of England, property prices have risen by 2.4% in the last year, to £294,603.
The region underperformed compared to the UK as whole, which saw the average property value increase by 3.1%.
The data comes from the House Price Index, which the ONS compiles using house sale information from the Land Registry, and the equivalent bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The average homeowner in Welwyn Hatfield will have seen their property jump in value by around £128,000 in the last five years, compared to £139,000 in Hertsmere and £157,000 in St Albans.
The figures also showed that buyers who made their first step onto the property ladder in Welwyn Hatfield in July spent an average of £317,570 - around £104,000 more than it would have cost them five years ago.
In Hertsmere this was £378,599 - around £115,000 more and in St Albans the figure was £399,786 - about £121,000 more.
Lawrence Bowles, associate director of the research team at estate agents Savills, said the slowing national house price growth reflected a “stricter lending environment”.
“People are also waiting until we have got a clear idea on what Brexit means, before they make a big financial decision like buying a house,” he explained.
Mr Bowles said the uncertainty was affecting the capital the most, as it was the most international city in the UK.
He continued: “We are also starting to see a reverse ripple effect, which originally only hit London but now house prices in the South East and East of England are slowing as well.
“As house prices in London rose out of reach of many buyers, they looked out to the South East and East where they could get more house for their money.
“Now, house price affordability in those regions has also become stretched.”
Mr Bowles said this had caused buyers to stop commuting to London, and look further afield.
“The North West was the fastest growing region in July, recording 5.6% house price inflation. That’s driven by strong growth in cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.
“The South West, West Midlands, Wales, Yorkshire, and Scotland also outperformed the UK average.”
Between May last year and April this year, the most recent 12 months for which sales volume data is available, 1,452 homes were sold in Welwyn Hatfield, 4% fewer than in the previous year.
This compares to 1,438 homes sold in Hertsmere, 2% fewer than in the previous year.
In St Albans the figure was 2,027, which was 9% fewer.
The highest house prices in the country in July were unsurprisingly found in Kensington and Chelsea, London, where properties sold for an average of £1.42 million - 17 times the cost of a home in Blaenau Gwent, where the average property cost just £82,298.
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