House prices increased slightly, by 0.2%, in North Somerset in March, new figures show.
The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 6.6% over the last year.
The average North Somerset house price in March was £337,479, Land Registry figures show – a 0.2% increase on February.
Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices decreased 0.6%, and North Somerset was above the 1.2% drop for the UK as a whole.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in North Somerset rose by £21,000 – putting the area 12th among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.
The highest annual growth in the region was in Swindon, where property prices increased on average by 12.2%, to £279,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Bath and North East Somerset gained 1.1% in value, giving an average price of £421,000.
First steps on the property ladder
First-time buyers in North Somerset spent an average of £274,000 on their property – £16,000 more than a year ago, and £58,000 more than in March 2018.
By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £384,000 on average in March – 40.3% more than first-time buyers.
Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in North Somerset in March – they increased 0.8%, to £546,471 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 7.5%.
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How do property prices in North Somerset compare?
Buyers paid 3.5% more than the average price in the South West (£326,000) in March for a property in North Somerset. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost £285,000.
The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £511,000 on average, and 1.5 times as much as more than in North Somerset. Cotswold properties cost 2.4 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£217,000 average), at the other end of the scale.
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Average property price in March
- North Somerset: £337,479
- The South West:£326,035
- UK: £285,009
Annual growth to March
- North Somerset: +6.6%
- The South West: +5.4%
- UK: +4.1%
Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West
- Swindon: +12.2%
- Bath and North East Somerset: +1.1%