House prices across Preston and Chorley see a rise while South Ribble sees a fall

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House prices increased in Preston and Chorley but in South Ribble they dropped slightly.

House prices increased by 1% in Preston in March, new figures show.

The same could be said for Chorley as house price increased by slightly, by 0.7%, but in South Ribble they dropped slightly by 0.7%.

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The rise in preston contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 2.7% over the last year.

The average Preston house price in March was £161,595. Land Registry figures show a 1% increase on February.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the North West, where prices increased 1.1%, but Preston was above the 0.7% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Preston rose by £4,200 – putting the area 11th among the North West’s 35 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

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But the drop in South Ribble does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 1.4% over the last year.

The average South Ribble house price in March was £215,101. Land Registry figures show a 0.7% decrease on February.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the North West, where prices increased 1.1%, and South Ribble was lower than the 0.7% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in South Ribble rose by £2,900 – putting the area 23rd among the North West’s 35 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

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The rise in Chorley contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 8.5% over the last year.

The average Chorley house price in March was £238,302. Land Registry figures show a 0.7% increase on February.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the North West, where prices increased 1.1%.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Chorley rose by £19,000 – putting the area second among the North West’s 35 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

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The highest annual growth in the region was in West Lancashire, where property prices increased on average by 12.3%, to £246,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Burnley lost 8.2% of their value, giving an average price of £103,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Preston spent an average of £133,300 on their property – £2,800 more than a year ago, and £28,900 more than in March 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £186,900 on average in March – 40.2% more than first-time buyers.

First-time buyers in South Ribble spent an average of £179,000 on their property – £2,600 more than a year ago, and £38,100 more than in March 2019.

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By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £237,600 on average in March – 32.7% more than first-time buyers.

First-time buyers in Chorley spent an average of £193,000 on their property – £15,000 more than a year ago, and £51,000 more than in March 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £267,000 on average in March – 38.1% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Preston in March – they increased 2.5%, to £301,827 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 6.8%.

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Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest fall in property prices in South Ribble in March – they dropped 0.9% in price, to £153,819 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 0.9%.

Owners of flats saw the biggest rise in property prices in Chorley in March – they increased 1.3%, to £140,223 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 7.8%.

Among other types of property in Preston:

Semi-detached: up 1.1% monthly; up 2.9% annually; £182,920 average

Terraced: up 0.1% monthly; up 0.3% annually; £125,900 average

Flats: up 1% monthly; up 1.1% annually; £89,619 average

Among other types of property in South Ribble:

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Detached: down 0.2% monthly; up 2% annually; £322,805 average

Semi-detached: down 0.8% monthly; up 1.5% annually; £201,025 average

Flats: down 0.4% monthly; down 0.1% annually; £112,062 average

Among other types of property in Chorley:

Detached: up 0.7% monthly; up 8.2% annually; £354,449 average

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Semi-detached: up 0.9% monthly; up 9.4% annually; £221,170 average

Terraced: up 0.5% monthly; up 8.1% annually; £170,722 average

How do property prices in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley compare?

Buyers in Preston paid 25.4% less than the average price in the North West (£217,000) in March for a property in Preston. Across the North West, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £283,000.

Buyers in South Ribble paid 0.6% less than the average price in the North West (£217,000) in March for a property in South Ribble. Across the North West, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £283,000.

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Buyers in Chorley paid 10.1% more than the average price in the North West (£217,000) in March for a property in Chorley. Across the North West, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £283,000.

The most expensive properties in the North West were in Trafford – £357,000 on average, and 2.2 times the price as in Preston. Trafford properties cost 3.5 times the price as homes in Burnley (£103,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.

Factfile

Average property price in March

Preston: £161,595

South Ribble: £215,101

Chorley: £238,302

The North West: £216,501

UK: £282,776

Annual growth to March

Preston: +2.7%

South Ribble: +1.4%

Chorley: +8.5%

The North West: +3.8%

UK: +1.8%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the North West

West Lancashire: +12.3%

Burnley: -8.2%

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