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House price appreciation exceeds average wage in 131 British areas

Research from GetAgent.co.uk has revealed where houses in Britain have actually earned more than the average wage over the past year.

The current average annual income in Britain is £31,620, compared to the average house price rise of £24,522 (10%) in the past 12 months.

This means that the average person has earned £7,076 more than their property despite the pandemic house price boom. 


However, there are 131 areas of Britain where houses have earned more than the average annual income – and in some cases, much more. 

In South Hams, Devon, the average house price has increased from £345,242 to £424,072 in the past year, a rise of £78,831. Meanwhile, the average salary in South Hams sits at £28,711, meaning local houses have out-earned the average person by an astonishing £50,120.

In the London borough of Islington, house prices have increased by £89,575 while the average salary is £46,146, demonstrating that houses have brought home £43,429 more than their average owner.

Over in North Devon, annual price growth of £65,210 and an average income of £23,285 means houses have earned £41,925 more than the average income. 

Houses have also earned more than people in Cotswold (£32,800), Uttlesford (£32,139), Maldon (£31,065), Richmond-upon-Thames (£30,903), Torridge (£30,855), the City of Westminster (£27,363), and East Hampshire (£26,957).

Colby Short, founder and chief executive officer of GetAgent, says the findings demonstrate how hot the market has been running since the start of the pandemic.

“Of course, the flipside to this positive market trend is the ever-growing issue of affordability and this has only grown larger due to both upward house price growth as well as the fact that earnings simply haven’t kept pace,” he comments.

“Both factors have tipped the scales of affordability further out of kilter for the average homebuyer, but for those that have secured a foot on the ladder, the fact their home is earning as much, if not more on a yearly basis will be warmly welcomed.”

Table shows the top 10 locations where houses have out-earned the average income by the largest amount
Location AveHP - Jan 2021 AveHP - Jan 2022 Annual change house price £ Annual gross salary House price growth vs gross salary
South Hams £345,242 £424,072 £78,831 £28,711 £50,120
Islington £670,707 £760,282 £89,575 £46,146 £43,429
North Devon £265,524 £330,733 £65,210 £23,285 £41,925
Cotswold £404,259 £466,584 £62,325 £29,525 £32,800
Uttlesford £411,730 £479,165 £67,436 £35,297 £32,139
Maldon £346,831 £418,681 £71,850 £40,785 £31,065
Richmond upon Thames £689,780 £775,371 £85,591 £54,688 £30,903
Torridge £244,692 £299,159 £54,467 £23,612 £30,855
City of Westminster £928,270 £1,015,307 £87,037 £59,674 £27,363
East Hampshire £390,418 £455,632 £65,213 £38,256 £26,957
Great Britain £252,588 £277,132 £24,544 £31,620 -£7,076

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