House prices increased slightly, by 0.9%, in Knowsley in April, new figures show.
The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 13.5% over the last year.
An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.
The need for larger deposits and constraints on accessing mortgages have pushed homeownership further out of reach for many first-time buyers – despite Government figures showing 50% of renters would be able to afford the monthly payments.
In a recent major speech in Blackpool, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “comprehensive review” of the mortgage market would take place in a bid to help more people onto the property ladder.
The average Knowsley house price in April was £165,792, Land Registry figures show – a 0.9% increase on March.
Over the month, the picture was different to that across the North West, where prices increased 2%, and Knowsley was lower than the 1.1% rise for the UK as a whole.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Knowsley rose by £20,000 – putting the area 11th among the North West’s 39 local authorities with price data for annual growth.
The highest annual growth in the region was in Burnley, where property prices increased on average by 18.6%, to £119,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Pendle gained just 2.7% in value, giving an average price of £125,000.
First steps on the property ladder
First-time buyers in Knowsley spent an average of £144,000 on their property – £17,000 more than a year ago, and £36,000 more than in April 2017.
By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £183,000 on average in April – 26.8% more than first-time buyers.
Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Knowsley in April – they increased 1.2%, to £283,313 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 17.4%.
Among other types of property:
Semi-detached: up 0.8% monthly; up 13.7% annually; £172,241 averageTerraced: up 0.8% monthly; up 10.5% annually; £124,334 averageFlats: up 0.2% monthly; up 6.7% annually; £81,886 average
How do property prices in Knowsley compare?
Buyers paid 20.6% less than the average price in the North West (£209,000) in April for a property in Knowsley. Across the North West, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £281,000.
The most expensive properties in the North West were in Trafford – £347,000 on average, and 2.1 times as much as more than in Knowsley. Trafford properties cost 2.9 times as much as homes in Burnley (£119,000 average), at the other end of the scale.
The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.
Average property price in April
Knowsley: £165,792The North West:£208,867UK: £281,161
Annual growth to April
Knowsley: +13.5%The North West: +13.3%UK: +12.4%
Highest and lowest annual growth in the North West
Burnley: +18.6%Pendle: +2.7%