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Worst performing areas see 7pc house price drop

Ryan Fowler

October 30, 2014

And landlords’ return on investment is also on the slide with 11 locations recording negative real % yield, which occurs when the value of the property depreciates by more than the annual rent.

Surprisingly price drops aren’t just confined to the North of England. Figures for the 12 months to September this year show Belgravia has seen a slump of 7.6% in annual house prices and the real % yield in the same month was -4.4%.

In Soho, another swanky London borough, property prices over the same period fell by 6.8% and the real yield for September was -3.5%.

Meanwhile in Westminster, the annual property price fall recorded in September was -5.2%, with landlords facing a real yield of -1.8%.

Seaside towns are another casualty of the cooling property market. Prices have fallen by 7.1% over the 12 months to September in Poole, Dorset, where the real yield for landlords is -2.5%.

In Margate, property prices fell by 6% over the same period and the real yield was -2.1% in September.

Towns and cities in the North East of England have also been badly affected as austerity measures and joblessness continue to bite.

Property price falls in the 12 months to September have been recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne, South Shields, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, North Shields, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees.

Of these, the coastal town of Hartlepool has suffered the most, with annual property prices dipping by 7.5% and the real yield for landlords standing at -1.8% in September.

The figures show that, whilst overall the UK property market still has considerable momentum, property investments can suffer significant losses in certain locations, at least in the short term.

According to Home.co.uk’s October Asking Price Index, property prices across the North East of England fell by 0.1% between September and October this year, and Wales saw the biggest monthly slump over the same period, of 0.4%.

Meanwhile, despite falling prices in central London, London and East Anglia both saw rises in average property prices of 1.1% between September and October.

Outside of such property hotspots, vendors’ expectations are clearly being moderated. The total number of properties that are on the market at a reduced price has risen to a two-year high and now represents 13% of the total stock of property for sale.

Doug Shephard, director at Home.co.uk, said: “Price falls in the super-rich suburbs of central London have come about for very different reasons to the falls observed in the North.

“Prices soared in central London post- financial crisis as foreign investors sought safe haven investments.

“Such was the demand for this type of premium property that prices overheated, reaching a peak last year, and are now in the throes of the painful process of market correction.

“By contrast, Hartlepool home prices fell hard following the financial crisis and price recovery has been elusive. In fact, price erosion continues in many such locations where supply seemingly continues to outweigh demand.”


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