HOUSE prices continue to increase in Bradford, new figures show.

A 0.8 per cent rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 0.7 per cent over the last year.

The average Bradford house price in March was £171,199. Land Registry figures show a 0.8 per cent increase on February.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across Yorkshire and the Humber, where prices increased 2.2 per cent, but Bradford was above the 0.7 per cent rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Bradford rose by £1,200 – putting the area 10th among Yorkshire and the Humber’s 15 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

First-time buyers in Bradford spent an average of £152,900 on their property – £1,100 more than a year ago, and £34,900 more than in March 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £183,900 on average in March – 20.3 per cent more than first-time buyers.

Buyers paid 18.4 per cent less than the average price in Yorkshire and the Humber (£210,000) in March for a property in Bradford.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £283,000.