Sandwell house prices increased more than West Midlands average in March

House prices increased by 1.7% – more than the average for West Midlands – in Sandwell in March, 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 1.7% – more than the average for West Midlands – in Sandwell in March, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 12.3% annual growth.

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The average Sandwell house price in March was £186,527, 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 Sandwell outperformed the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Sandwell rose by £20,000 – putting the area 10th 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 semi-detached houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Sandwell in March – they increased 1.9%, to £199,797 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 13.2%.

Among other types of property:

Detached: up 1.8% monthly; up 14.5% annually; £310,235 averageTerraced: up 1.5% monthly; up 11.5% annually; £166,886 averageFlats: up 1.1% monthly; up 8.9% annually; £103,525 average

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Sandwell spent an average of £170,000 on their property – £18,000 more than a year ago, and £49,000 more than in March 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £206,000 on average in March – 21% more than first-time buyers.

How do property prices in Sandwell compare?

Buyers paid 22.5% less than the average price in West Midlands (£241,000) in March for a property in Sandwell. Across West Midlands, property prices are low compared to 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 twice as much as more than in Sandwell. 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.

Factfile

Average property price in March

Sandwell: £186,527West Midlands:£240,528UK: £278,436

Annual growth to March

Sandwell: +12.3%West Midlands: +10.3%UK: +9.8%

Best and worst annual growth in West Midlands

Herefordshire: +15.2%Staffordshire Moorlands: +6%