Housing sales in England
11 May 2014 / Housing sales in England
• Typical cost of London home set to break half million barrier this year
• Increase in whole of Yorkshire & the Humber plus NE England is £2.1bn similar to just the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster (£1.93 bn)
New research by Oxford academics reveals images of just how distorted both the country and the capital appears when land is shaped by the value of its residential property.
This new analysis looks at the value of actual properties sold in the last year as this shows what is being achieved on the property market, compared to just looking at house prices assumed for all dwellings. When the total increase in house prices is multiplied by the number of sales made in each place, the total for England is seen to have risen by £33.7 billion. When weighted by price, a third (£11.2 billion) of housing sales were made in London; of that £11.2 billion, most of the rise occurred in a very small part of the capital.
The total increase in all sales made in Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East of England was £2.1 billion, not much higher than the total increase in the value of property in just the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster (£1.93 billion) over the same period. Exactly a third of the total increase in monies spent on housing in London between 2012 and 2013 was spent in just five boroughs:
• Kensington & Chelsea
• Hammersmith & Fulham
According to the Land Registry around 776,000 properties were sold in England and Wales in 2013. They were each sold, on average, for almost £10,000 more than a year earlier, in 2012; but those in London were sold for almost £40,000 more in 2013 and those in central London for much more again. Mean average prices rose by:
• More than £100,000 in Hammersmith & Fulham
• Almost £140,000 in Kensington & Chelsea
• More than £150,000 in Westminster
• More than £190,000 in the City of London
Increases in some parts of London were much smaller. For example, around £6,000 in Barking & Dagenham.
Commenting, Professor Danny Dorling of University of Oxford, said:
“Prices in London are rising much more quickly than in England as a whole. If this continues then London will breach the half million pound price barrier for the average home in 2014.
“Similar rises in incomes aren’t underpinning the property boom which means that something will have to give.
“These maps make the disparity in housing values clear. We hope that the London Mapper website will bring the same clarity to London’s many other pressing social issues so that people can be better informed about the things that they care about. They can then use the information for research, to campaign or to lobby policymakers.”
Commenting Mubin Haq, Director of Policy and Grants at Trust for London, said:
“The house price bubble is not a good news story, especially for Londoners. These maps demonstrate in a visually explosive way the continued growth of inequality in the capital.
“Not all Londoners benefit from increases in property values equally. A small minority, particularly those who own property in the wealthiest boroughs such as Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, have seen huge increases. In boroughs such as Barking & Dagenham, rises have been much smaller at around £6,000 in 2013.
“Then there is the growing proportion of Londoners who do not own a home at all. The poorest 50% of London households only have 5% of the capital’s property wealth, whereas the richest 10% have 45%. The way property values are increasing is exacerbating this inequality.”
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