House prices increase again in Bristol - but growth is slowing

Activity is starting to slow with soaring inflation putting household budgets under pressure
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House prices increased slightly, by almost 1%, in Bristol in May, new figures show. The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 10.3% over the last year.

The average Bristol house price in May was £342,432, Land Registry figures show – a 0.8% increase on April.

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Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the South West, where prices increased 1%, but Bristol was lower than the 1.2% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Bristol rose by £32,000.

An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.

But activity is starting to slow, with soaring inflation putting household budgets under pressure.

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Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at financial advice company Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The average house price hit another record high in May, and rose faster than any time since the peak in June last year.

“However, we’re starting to see small changes in the market, which are likely to mean weaker growth in the coming months, especially if interest rates are hiked in August.”

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Bristol spent an average of £311,000 on their property – £28,000 more than a year ago, and £70,000 more than in May 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £382,000 on average in May – 22.9% more than first-time buyers.

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House prices continue to creep up across Bristol

Property types

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Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Bristol in May – they increased 1.2%, to £359,478 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 11.4%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 0.8% monthly; up 13.7% annually; £668,971 average
  • Semi-detached: up 1% monthly; up 12.9% annually; £432,725 average
  • Flats: down 0.1% monthly; up 6.1% annually; £255,009 average

How do property prices in Bristol compare?

Buyers paid 5.9% more than the average price in the South West (£323,000) in May for a property in Bristol. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost £283,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £474,000 on average, and 1.4 times as much as more than in Bristol. Cotswold properties cost 2.1 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£221,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

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


Average property price in May

  • Bristol: £342,432
  • The South West: £323,418
  • UK: £283,496

Annual growth to May

  • Bristol: +10.3%
  • The South West: +16.9%
  • UK: +12.8%
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