Property costs escalate in towns near London

The commuter towns of Slough, Luton and Reading are Britain`s newest property hotspots, with yearly rate growth running at up to 19 %, according to brand-new official information.

The most recent figures from the Land Registry likewise expose that the typical cost of a home in England and Wales stood at 190,275 in February. This is 6.1 % higher than a year earlier, however down a little on the January figure of 191,812.

However, housing charity Shelter explained that earnings in England and Wales only rose 1.6 % in the past year. It warned that for millions of ordinary families who were priced out of the market, these sky-high house prices indicate the dream of a location to call home is fast becoming absolutely nothing more than a dream.

The figures revealed that annual cost development in London is going for 13.5 %, more than double the nationwide average, with the common rate of a property in the capital now 530,368.

However, numerous towns and areas notched up stronger growth than that: Slough in Berkshire topped the table with a 19 % annual increase, raising the normal price-tag to around 236,000. In Luton in Bedfordshire, property values are up 17 % on a year previously, taking the average to 169,000, while in Reading, likewise in Berkshire, rates are up 14.6 % in a year, with the normal cost there now 270,000.

The figures offer fresh proof that purchasers evaluated of London are switching their focus on more budget-friendly locations within commuting distance. Another location which has seen an increase of Londoners trying to find less expensive property alternatives is the Essex borough of Thurrock, which includes the towns of Grays, Tilbury and Purfleet. The rate of annual price development in Thurrock in February stood at 17.2 %, with the typical price there said to be around 194,000.

Talking about the data, David Brown, president of estate representative Marsh & Parsons, said: A total regular monthly dip in property rates in February disguises the fact that the majority of regions are experiencing striking development. In the capital, annual growth has reached conveniently double the broader England and Wales average.

Different figures from the Office for National Statistics, likewise released on Wednesday, exposed that occupants in Great Britain paid 2.6 % more for real estate in February than they did a year previously.

Need for leased property has actually grown as prospective buyers have contained themselves priced out of the housing market, and this has in turn increased leas.

The most significant boost in leas was seen in London, with renters in the capital paying 3.8 % more than a year previously, though this is down a little on the 3.9 % figure taped a month earlier. In the east of England and the south-east, average leas were up 3 % and 2.9 % respectively.

Yearly rate boosts have been stronger in London than the rest of England since November 2010, said the ONS. It added that the lowest annual rental rate increases were seen in north-east England (0.9 %) and the North West (1 %).