Price of North East home rises by £5,000 in a month.

•    Regional house prices rise by 3.1% in March – their fastest rate in eight months
•    Homes in Killingworth see values rise by 6.2% in just four weeks
•    Typical North East home cost £4811 more in March than in February and £8496 more than March 2015.
•    Rents fall by £3 to £552pcm and are now £25 a month cheaper than this time last year.

KIS Housing NOW – Housing North of Watford – pulls together the most authoritative and up-to-the-minute data and the expert market analysis of the KIS Intelligence Service to give you an indispensible guide to the state of the North East property market.


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North East house prices have reversed their slow start to 2016 –rising by 3.1% in March.

Property price in the region had previously fallen by 3.5% over the first two months of the year – wiping £5313 from the value of the average North East home.

Prices have surged back over the past four weeks with £4811 being added to the current market value of a typical property.

Values are now rising at their fastest rate since July 2015, and are 5.2% higher than March 2015.

The average house in the region is currently valued at £162,995 – £8496 more than this time last year.

Killingworth recorded March’s highest individual rise, with prices soaring by 6.2% in just four weeks. Other striking rises were recorded in Jarrow (4.5%) South Shields (4.4%) and Durham City and Whitburn (4.2%)

Whitley Bay is named this month’s “Best to Buy”. Prices in the town were all-but static in March, rising by just £31. Research from KIS earlier in March revealed that properties in Whitley Bay sell at the second fastest rate in the region.

48% of properties in Blyth are semi-detached (9% above the regional average), with a further 23% flats or apartments compared to a regional average of just 8%. 37% of properties have at least three bedrooms.

Rental Market Analysis

North East rents failed to keep pace with house prices and fell by £3 to £552 per calendar month, compared to the average of £555 recorded in February. Prices are £26 a month lower than in March 2015.

Blyth (£395) continues to be as the cheapest place to rent in the North East out of the areas surveyed, while Newcastle (£798pcm) unexpectedly overtakes Durham City (£791) to become the most expensive.

Gateshead remains the region’s Buy to Let Capital, with an average return of 6.1% for investors. Other strong performers for rental yield continue to include Peterlee (5.1%) and Newcastle and Seaham (4.7%)

Across the region rental yields fell by 0.1% to 4.1%.

The lowest rental yields continue to be found in Tynemouth where landlords can expect a 3.1% return on their investment.

Jarrow saw rental yields rise by 0.2% with returns for landlords in Whitley Bay and Washington also rising by 0.1%.

49% of properties in Jarrow are semi-detached, compared to a regional average of 39%.

60% of properties are owner occupied – slightly below the regional average of 61%. 30% of properties are socially rented, compared to 22% regionally. Just 8% of properties are privately rented, compared to a regional average of 14%.

Property Expert Ajay Jagota is founder and Managing Director of North-East based sales and lettings firm KIS and creator of d_lighted, a rent-free insurance backed deposit-free renting solution which slashes the costs of tenants finding homes and landlords finding tenants.

He said:

“It’s enormously positive to see house prices rising at their fastest rate for eight months, but beneath the surface it’s possible that the outlook isn’t as positive as that headline figure might suggest.

“3.1% is the second fastest rate of regional house price growth KIS have ever recorded in all-but two years of research and it comes as no surprise to me. The reason for the rise is clear to me – a surge of buy-to-let investors trying to get property purchases completed before Stamp Duty rises 3% for additional properties this Friday.

“What will be fascinating will be to see if this growth can be sustained next month or whether a completion bottleneck, or investors pulling the plug on purchases because of the Landlord Tax sees growth stall once more.

“This uncertainty makes Bank of England plans to limit introduce new affordability tests and stricter borrowing limits for buy-to-let mortgage applicants all the more perplexing.

“In December Mark Carney said that mass selling by landlords could seriously destabilise the property market, but  the same thing would happen if they suddenly stopped buying. The authorities seem desperate to burst a perceived buy-to-let bubble, but in the North East those investors could well be the only people keeping property values airborne.”

Christopher Walkey

Founder of Estate Agent Networking. Internationally invited speaker on how to build online target audiences using Social Media. Writes about UK property prices, housing, politics and affordable homes.

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