Sales and rental asking prices increase in the UK, index shows

Cost of renting a flat in the UK reaches highest on record

The cost of renting a flat in the UK has reached record heights with the average monthly asking price at £833 per month, the highest on record and 2.5% above prices this time last year.

The cost of a studio flat has risen to £713, 5.9% greater than this time last year and 8.5% more than the current cost of renting a one bedroom flat, the latest rental index from FindaProperty shows.

Despite being cheaper to rent than a studio, monthly asking prices for one bedroom flats are also at their highest, averaging £657, which is up 3% on this time last year. This is not the case however for two bedroom flats, which saw asking prices fall 0.1% last month.

This trend is also mirrored in UK property sales market, where asking prices experienced the largest month on month increase ever recorded by the index. Average asking prices for UK properties increased by £1,072, 0.5%, between January and February, to stand at £219,186. At present, asking prices for flats in the UK are at their highest since January 2009, averaging £176,645.

Asking prices for first time buyer properties also increased by 0.5% in February to £154,199. Affordability for first time buyers improved again this month and is now at its best level since this index was started in December 2007, driven by increases in the mortgage multiples offered by banks to first time buyers. The average deposit required fell by £1,489 to £47,467, some 1.47 times the average annual wage.

The index also shows that the number of properties coming onto the market increased by 1.2% in February after a slow start to 2012.

London saw the biggest month on month increase in sales asking price of 2.2%, the highest month on month increase in June 2009. But the North East of England saw the biggest month on month fall of 2% falling from £148,121 in January to £145,135 in February.

‘Rental tenants looking for smaller, less expensive accommodation are coming under increasing financial pressure as demand drags the price of these sought after properties upwards. The rental sector as a whole is growing and very healthy, but competition for flats is stronger than ever,’ said Samantha Baden, property analyst at FindaProperty.

‘The fact the market for property sales demonstrates similar movements show that people are looking to flats as a more affordable alternative to larger houses, particularly if they are reluctant to compromise on location. The property market is challenging at the moment, and as a result buyers’ expectations of what they can realistically afford are changing,’ she added.

One Response to “Sales and rental asking prices increase in the UK, index shows”

  1. Nancy Branbury

    With rent raising I, as a young professional, am finding it difficult to keep a place within my budget. I am looking to move closer to work because my travel expenses are actually taking a huge chunk of my salary.
    I would love to be able to buy a small house for myself and my boyfriend but it's proving to be difficult. If I had a house to sell that would be great for me, but I don't. But we are still looking because our combined salary would be able to secure a place for us. So I been searching with an online estate agent, which is a much cheaper alternative than a traditional agent. There are always cheaper alternatives and I think I have found it!


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