Northamptonshire first time buyers paying £63,000 more than five years ago to get on property ladder

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House prices in Northamptonshire continued to rise much more quickly than the national average during the summer - seeing a 1% rise in August.

The data from the Office of National Statistics shows that county homes have risen in value by 5.9% during the last year, almost double the national average increase of 3.2%

Despite that, the average Northamptonshire home sold for £231,846 – a shade under the UK average of £232,797.

Northamptonshire’s huge home price increases are mirrored across the East Midlands. The region has seen property prices rise by 6.5% in the last year.

The data comes from the House Price Index, which the ONS compiles using house sale information from the Land Registry, and the equivalent bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The average homeowner in Northamptonshire will have seen their property jump in value by around £75,000 in the last five years.

The figures also showed that buyers who made their first step onto the property ladder in Northamptonshire in August spent an average of £195,026 – around £63,000 more than it would have cost them five years ago.

Lawrence Bowles, associate director of the research team at estate agents Savills, said the uncertainty over the outcome of Brexit negotiations was fuelling a “tougher lending environment”.

He said: “House price growth in real terms is slowing, and inflation is growing at the rate we’ve been used to over the last few months. Buyers, sellers and lenders are all thinking maybe they should wait until they see the outcome of negotiations.

“Longer term, the issue we expect to see is affordability, as we expect the Bank of England base rate to be back above 2% by 2021 – closer to historical levels, rather than the ultra-low rates we have seen in recent years.

“That, combined with stricter affordability stress tests, will make it more difficult for households to demonstrate that they are able to afford mortgages.

“But we would expect to see a bounce at some point, between finding out the Brexit outcome and the start of higher interest rates.”

Between July last year and June this year, the most recent 12 months for which sales volume data is available, 13,524 homes were sold in Northamptonshire, 8% fewer than in the previous year.

The highest house prices in the country in July were found in Kensington and Chelsea, London, where properties sold for an average of £1.35 million – 16 times the cost of a home in Burnley, where the average property cost just £85,900.