Average Price of a First Time Buyer Home in London Rises by £28,000
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Average Price of a First Time Buyer Home in London Rises by £28,000

By |Published On: 17th August 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

If anyone wondered if London’s first time buyers are struggling, new research can confirm that they are. According to Savills, the price of an average starter home in the capital has risen by £28,000 in a year.

This means that buyers priced out of full ownership and looking for a shared ownership deal still need £67,000 for a home, up £7,000. This is for a quarter share in a property.

Savills suggests that first time buyers stay away from Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Barnet and Ealing. All four boroughs have experienced a 20% increase in the price of starter homes in the last year; this is more than double the London average.

Average starter home prices in London


Average price April 2014-2015 Average price April 2013-2014

Annual change

Barking and Dagenham £180,000 £162,000 11.1%
Bexley £203,000 £177,000 14.7%
Havering £215,000 £189,000 13.8%
Croydon £218,400 £191,995 13.8%
Newham £220,250 £185,000 19.1%
Sutton £233,000 £195,000 19.5%
Enfield £238,000 £210,000 13.3%
Redbridge £240,000 £222,500 7.9%
Greenwich £247,000 £215,000 14.9%
Lewisham £250,000 £214,625 16.5%
Hillingdon £250,000 £220,000 13.6%
Waltham Forest £250,000 £220,000 13.6%
Hounslow £250,000 £225,000 11.1%
Bromley £257,000 £231,000 11.3%
Harrow £273,000 £249,950 9.2%
Brent £275,000 £250,000 10%
Merton £299,713 £297,500 19.9%
Ealing £299,950 £250,000 20%
Barnet £300,000 £250,000 20%
Kingston upon Thames £305,000 £269,950 13%
Tower Hamlets £309,746 £272,000 13.9%
Haringey £310,000 £259,950 19.3%
Southwark £320,000 £265,000 20.8%
Lambeth £330,000 £275,000 20%
Hackney £336,350 £297,500 13.1%
Richmond upon Thames £390,000 £330,000 18.2%
Wandsworth £401,625 £350,000 14.8%
Islington £410,000 £347,625 17.9%
Camden £470,000 £420,000 11.9%
Hammersmith and Fulham £480,000 £400,000 20%
City of Westminster £572,625 £485,000 18.1%
Kensington and Chelsea £740,000 £623,750 18.6%

As starter home prices in Hammersmith and Fulham have grown from £400,000 to £480,000, a quarter share would be £120,000.

Average Price of a First Time Buyer Home in London Rises by £28,000

Average Price of a First Time Buyer Home in London Rises by £28,000

In Lambeth, a quarter share would cost a first time buyer £82,000, £75,000 in Barnet and £35,000 in Ealing.

Associate director in Savills’ residential research department, Sophie Chick, says that increasing prices and lender demands for high deposits have caused many prospective first time buyers to be trapped.

She comments: “They cannot find the deposit, but with the current low interest rates, owning a home is often within affordable levels.”1

Barking and Dagenham is the only borough where a property costs less than £200,000. A typical first time buyer property is £180,000, up from £162,000 a year ago. A quarter share in a starter home is now £45,000, up £4,500 in the past year.

Kensington and Chelsea is still the most expensive area for a starter home.

The data is based on the annual change in the average price of a first time buyer home in the year to April. These are the most recent figures available.

1 http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/news/london-house-prices-average-price-first-time-buyer-home-has-risen-ps28000-year

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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