|Mixed Fortunes for House Prices
Headline figures mask positive news for local property
Property prices in Ealing appear to be falling according to the latest official figures but a closer look at the data suggests a more positive view of the market.
The average price of a property in W5 is now £410,563 down by 4.4% on the previous quarter but up by 28.3% compared to the very depressed levels seen at the same time last year.
The most notable thing about the figures is the significant increase in volumes with transactions up by nearly 200% compared with the first quarter of 2009. The number of semi-detached properties sold was up substantially. Despite this recovery in volumes the number of transactions is still at half the level it was three years ago.
In W13 the average property cost £355,501, down by 16.3% on the previous quarter and 7.8% on the year. The price fall seems to have more to do with the change in the mix of properties sold as flat sales were up 385.7% Semi detatched and terraced houses have risen in price over the last year.
London has been the best performing region of the country over the last twelve months to the end of March with the average price in the capital rising by 13% to £336,409. The rest of the country has seen rises of 7.5% bringing the national average to £164,288 although prices did fall slightly during March.
Right Move's House Price index, which is based on offered prices rather than sales prices, is showing that in April sellers ignored pre-election concerns and put prices up by 2.6% in the month. In London the average asking price is now £421,822.
Miles Shipside, commercial director of Rightmove said, “Rarer property types in desirable locations are
achieving record prices. For ‘location, location, location’ you can also read ‘cash, cash, cash’. Conversely, in areas
where buyers have less access to cash or mortgage finance, or there is an over-supply of a certain property type,
then sellers are having to price much more aggressively to secure a sale. There is increasing divergence between
these different markets, with agents reporting some pockets where a couple of viewings find a cash-rich buyer,
Although political uncertainty appears to have had little impact on property in the UK thus far he expects the market to go into 'suspended animation' until a clearer picture emerges on the stability of the new Government.
Ealing Property Prices - January - March 2010
W5 Post Code Area
W13 Post Code Area
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May 12, 2010