Housing costs rising fastest in the East Midlands


The expenditure of renting or buying a home rose fastest in the East Midlands in the years year, official figures show.

House prices in the region, which covers Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, went up by 7.5% in the year to the end of July.

The section also saw rental prices rise by 2.8% in the year to August — the staunchest in Britain — the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Across the UK, house fees rose 5.1% in the year to July, the ONS said.

The rate was unchanged from June, but has crept since mid-2016. The average UK house price was £226,000 in July.

Renters’ costs

The ONS figures also show that rental prices remitted by tenants to private landlords in Britain rose by 1.6% on average in the year to the end of August, down from 1.8% the quondam month.

The increases were primarily in England, where rents went up by 1.7%, with Wales report a 1.3% rise and Scotland seeing a 0.3% increase.

All regions of England saw gashes rise over the past year, but the fastest increase was in the East Midlands, carry oned by the South East (2.6%) and the South West (2.1%).

The second fastest proliferation in house prices — after the East Midlands — was in the East of England (7.1%).

Evaluates grew by 7% in the South West, where the average price of a estate moved above £250,000 for the first time, according to the ONS figures.

The last property price growth was in London, marking a sharp reversal from the parliament price surge in the capital in recent years.

The average cost of a deeply was still much higher in London, at £489,000, compared with the in keeping price of £185,000 in the East Midlands.

Jonathan Hopper, managing big cheese of Garrington Property Finders, said: «It took less than two years for London’s blast property market to slide from permanent front-runner to also-ran, to unrealistic a low shoes last.

«Of course the capital’s double-digit rates of annual price rise were always going to be unsustainable. So it’s reassuring that the new crop of best-performing English parts are well shy of this level, posting more froth-free gains of 7% over the recent 12 months.

«Across the UK a degree of calm is returning to the market. Crucially these sacrifice rises are being driven by pragmatism rather than exuberance. The habitual shortage of supply has placed a floor under prices, while requirement has been underpinned by a combination of cheap mortgages and a resilient jobs shop, which so far has shrugged off the growing inflationary threat.»

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