At 6.9% and 7.0% respectively, average annual price growth in the West Midlands and Wales is slightly lower than the UK average. In the West Midlands growth is currently stronger than at any point since summer 2016, in Wales since before the Global Financial Crisis. In eleven areas growth currently exceeds 7.5%. Although Rightmove report a slight fall in asking prices month on month, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.
Average property prices in the West Midlands and Wales are more expensive than a year ago and activity across the market is robust. On average 3.3% of private properties are sold each year, with turnover in five areas currently 4% or above. Over 15,400 new homes were registered for sale during 2020, and nationally registrations have been on an upward trend since September.
First-time buyers were particularly affected by the closed housing market and the stricter mortgage lending that followed. However, buyer numbers have recovered steadily, with transactions just 2% lower year on year during the final six months of 2020 (UK Finance). The number of High Loan-to-Value (LTV) mortgage products has also increased, Moneyfacts reporting there were 169 products available at 90% LTV in January, over double the number available back in July. Lending rates remain low, the average mortgage rate the lowest in history.
Mulberry House is a spacious, modern, detached cottage in a convenient location, in the delightful, ancient hamlet of Acton Burnell. Recently constructed to exacting standards, this highly desirable home offers superb and stylish accommodation to briefly include four bedrooms, a lounge and a wonderful open-plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room.
This delightful, thatched Grade II Listed cottage has origins believed to date back 400 years. The cottage is extremely well presented and maintained throughout with lovely character features including an Inglenook fireplace with a gas wood burner, exposed beams and wooden latched door. The charming cottage gardens have a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, while a drive provides parking for at least two vehicles.
This 27-acre smallholding is home to a period farmhouse, landscaped gardens, five enclosures of pastureland, woodland areas, a summer house, a garage, a useful outbuilding and stabling. The accommodation comprises a sunroom/breakfast room, a kitchen, two reception rooms, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
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