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Analyst questions 'dangerous' use of average house price figures

A housing analyst has urged buyers to look beyond average prices.

Kate Faulkner, founder of Propertychecklists.co.uk, said she is on a mission to stop everyone talking about average house prices and especially relating them to affordability.

She said: “In my view, this is a dangerous use of stats, especially using the likes of Rightmove’s averages which are 20% higher than lender and the Land Registry figures.”


It comes as research by Propertychecklists.co.uk found that despite the average UK house price being over £276,000, buyers can purchase a flat for a lot less.

The analysis shows that despite many parts of the UK having an average price of £200,000 to even £400,000 in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Tunbridge Wells, there are still two bed-flats available for anything from 41% to 76% lower than the average price.

Anyone in the 28 cities used in the analysis can find a two-bed flat available for under £250,000 even in the likes of London, the data suggests.

Oxford is the toughest place to find a property available and has the highest price for a two bed flat of £210,000, according to the research.

For example, the average property price in Reading is £306,724, however, one of the cheapest flats, according to the research, could be purchased for 41% less.

In Bradford, the average property price is £164,437 and a flat can be bought for 76% less.

Faulkner added: “This is why average house prices are of little use to those who think they have to find over quarter of a million pounds to buy a property, when in fact they could buy for a fraction of the cost. It’s also why affordability should never ever be based on average house prices.”

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  • Andrew Stanton PROPTECH-PR A Consultancy for Proptech Founders

    I am not sure how knowing that you can purchase a one bedroom flat in Newcastle for £40,000 helps you if you are a buyer who lives in Watford, where a one bedroom flat costs £155,000. Is the suggestion that people living and working in Watford - buy up North and commute ... maybe in their private jet?

    Eight years ago, a study of 10,000 people living in the UK was published using data from a mobile phone provider, it showed 83% of people, live, work and socialise in a 17KM area, most of their life. So probably that 9-hour 270 mile return commute from Watford to Newcastle is not going to work.

  • Richard Copus

    Not quite sure what you are trying to say, Andrew. Kate Faulkner is simply saying that average houses prices mislead people, particularly sellers and buyers. The same £400,000 flat in inner London will be worth around £300,000 in Surrey, £200,000 in Exeter and £150,000 in Newcastle. So they are completely misleading. End of story!

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    Best ignore the poor fellow.
    Andrew is just ranting as usual and missing the point as usual.
    Thinks he is important and we all listen in awe.


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