Escaping to the country incurs 20% house price premium

Ryan Bembridge

November 21, 2016

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Moving from urban areas to the country incurs a 20% house price premium in Britain (London excluded), the Halifax Rural Housing Review has revealed.

Homes in the country typically cost £43,000 more than their urban counterparts, with the biggest difference being in the West Midlands where it costs £78,314 (42%) more to live in the country.

The smallest difference is in the East of England where the average premium is £29,291, or 10%.

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Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: “The countryside continues to attract homeowners inspired by open spaces, a cleaner environment and the prospect of a potentially greater quality of life.

“However, turning such dreams into reality typically comes at a cost with the average rural property 20% higher than in urban areas.

“Housing affordability is a significant issue across a number of rural areas, making it difficult for first-time buyers in particular to buy a countryside home, particularly in southern England.

“These affordability obstacles are reflected in the typically lower proportion of first-time buyers in the country compared with their urban counterparts.”

Despite the gap property values in urban areas have risen by 40% in the past five years compared to 30% in the countryside.

Indeed, five years ago the gap between urban and country properties was £44,588, or 30%.

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