UK’s Northern Powerhouse Property Market Pulls Ahead Of The South

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The more you head North the higher the house price growth, as the UK’s Northern cities continue to attract interest from investors and tenants, Ascend Properties analysis has found.


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House Prices In The North Increase By 9.8%

Collectively prices increased by a huge 9.8% in the North annually to January 2021, compared to 6.6% in the Midlands and 6.4% in the South.

While prices are on the up in the North, it’s still relatively affordable for investors and owner-occupiers alike.

Property prices average at £167,211 across the Northern regions, which is less than half the typical price in the South (357,257).

The North West (12.0%) has seen the steepest house price inflation, bringing prices to a typical £184,234, while the Yorkshire and the Humber (8.9% £179,248) and the North East (8.5% £138,151) aren’t far behind.

An East-West Divide

Curiously, there also appears to be an East-West divide developing in England.

The East Midlands (7.6%) outperformed every area in the South in terms of price growth, while the West Midlands saw the lowest growth in the country (4.7%).

A number of people have moved out of the largest cities in search of green space due to the pandemic, which perhaps explains why the West Midlands, containing the UK’s ‘second city’ in Birmingham, is lagging behind.

There’s a similar trend in London, which recorded the second lowest growth (5.3%) in England.

Rental Yields Strongest Up North – Despite Slipping Annually

Rental yields averaged at 5.2% in the North of England, compared to 4.1% in the Midlands and 3.8% in the South.

Although strong rental growth in the region means rental yields have declined marginally year on year, the area remains the best bet for landlords, with the UK’s best rental yields found in Yorkshire and the Humber, at 6.0%.

Managing Director of Ascend Properties, Ged McPartlin, commented:

“The North of England has long been where investors can get bang for their buck, and the study certifies why.

“Stronger rental yields, affordable prices for buyers and renters alike, as well as rising prices, make the region a hotbed of activity.

“The only surprise is that yields have fallen in the North, though if prices continue to rise in those regions that should dwarf a small decrease in yearly income.

“We’re pleased the so-called Northern Powerhouse appears to be becoming a reality, as more people seek to live and work in more affordable areas of England.”

Northern Powerhouse Property Market

Northern Powerhouse Property Market

Northern Powerhouse Property Market

About Ascend 

  • Ascend is a leading nationwide Build to Rent specialist.
  • Founded in 2014, the company has won numerous awards due to its professionalism and exceptional customer service.
  • Ascend was named Best Letting Agent in the North West at the ESTAS Awards for four consecutive years and has won more than 65 allAgents Awards.
  • The company has experienced tremendous annual growth, reporting consistently high increases in turnover year-on-year.

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