The latest housing market research property purchasing specialist, House Buyer Bureau, has revealed that while house prices remain substantially higher than they were last Christmas across the vast majority of the UK, a handful of areas have seen a decline, with all but one of them found within the London market.
House Buyer Bureau analysed house price growth since last December to reveal where the nation’s homebuyers have been handed the property market equivalent of a lump of coal this Christmas, in the form of a reduction in the value of their property.
The latest UK House Price Index for September revealed that house prices stalled with a 0% monthly rate of growth. However, while the market may be cooling, many homeowners continue to feel the warmth of the pandemic property market boom where long-term house price growth is concerned.
In fact, the average UK house price remains 9.6% higher when compared to last December, with homeowners in the North East (+11.5%), North West (+10.8%), South West (+10.8%), Wales (+10.7%), Northern Ireland (+10.7%), East Midlands (10.6%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (+10.4%) all enjoying double-digit rates of house price growth.
In fact, all areas of the UK have enjoyed positive growth at a topline level, with even a lethargic London market up 6.6% since last December.
However, when analysing the housing market at local authority level, House Buyer Bureau found that a handful of local authorities have actually seen house prices fall since last Christmas and all but one of them are located within the capital.
The City of Westminster has seen the worst Christmas property market performance, with the average house price sliding by a notable -11.8% since last December – a drop of almost £124,000.
The London Borough of Camden has seen the next largest reduction, although at -4.3% this decline isn’t as drastic as that seen in Westminster, although it still equates to almost £38,000 wiped from the average house price in the borough.
The City of London has seen the next largest Christmas house price drop, down -2.4% since last December (-£19,298), followed by Kensington and Chelsea at -1.2% (-£17,006).
The City of Aberdeen is the only other area of the UK property market outside of London to see house prices fall since Last Christmas, although at -0.2%, this reduction equates to just a -£271 drop in house prices.
Managing Director of House Buyer Bureau, Chris Hodgkinson, commented: “A reduction in the value of your home is always hard to stomach, but it’s perhaps that bit harder when the rest of the UK has been benefiting from a property market boom, even more so when you live in one of just a handful of areas to have seen house prices drop.
Unfortunately for homeowners across prime central London and Aberdeen, this has been the reality since last Christmas. With the market now starting to cool, chances are things are only going to get worse as we approach 2023.
For those looking to sell in the current market, there’s still time to do so quickly before the rot sets in. Although for home sellers in the likes of Westminster and Camden, a quick sale is unfortunately a case of damage limitation.”