HOUSE prices increased in Bradford in September, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 0.7% annual growth .

The average Bradford house price in September was £141,036, Land Registry figures show – a 1.4% increase on August.

Over the month, the picture was better than that across Yorkshire and The Humber, where prices decreased 0.1% , and Bradford outperformed the 0.2% drop for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Bradford rose by £930 – putting the area 13th among Yorkshire and The Humber’s 21 local authorities for annual growth.

The best annual growth in the region was in Calderdale, where properties increased on average by 6.8%, to £153,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Craven dropped 4.2% in value, giving an average price of £209,000. Owners of flats saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Bradford in September – they increased 1.7%, to £101,806 on average– but over the last year, prices remained static.

Among other types of property, detached houses were up 1.5% monthly; and up 0.9% annually; to an average of £251,021.

Semi-detached houses were up 1.3% monthly; up 1% annually; to an average of £148,513.

Terraced houses were up 1.4% monthly; up 0.4% annually; to an average of £115,504.

The figures also reveal trends for Bradfordians taking their first steps on the property ladder. First-time buyers in Bradford spent an average of £ 125,910 on their property – £680 more than a year ago, and £17,620 more than in September 2014.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £ 151,560 on average in September – 20.4% more than first-time buyers.

Buyers paid 14.9% less than the average price in Yorkshire and The Humber (£166,000) in September for a property in Bradford. Across Yorkshire and The Humber, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £234,000.

The most expensive properties in Yorkshire and The Humber were in Harrogate – £287,000 on average, and twice as much as in Bradford. Harrogate properties cost 2.5 times as much as homes in Hull (£113,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea, where the average September sale price of £1.2 million could buy 15 properties in Burnley (average £85,000).


Average property price in September;

lBradford: £141,036

lYorkshire and Humber: £165,745

lUK: £234,370

Annual growth to September

lBradford: +0.7%

lYorkshire and Humber: +2.2%

lUK: +1.3%

Best and worst annual growth in Yorkshire and The Humber

lCalderdale: +6.8%

lCraven: -4.2%