House prices in Huddersfield grew at the fastest rate in the UK in the last year – despite a nationwide downturn – according to a report.
MIt was one of the locations bucking the national trend, according to the Halifax House Price Trends report, as homes in the West Yorkshire town went for 8.7% more – equating to an extra £22,137 – in the year up to October compared to a year earlier.
Houses in Bradford were also more expensive, up by 8.5% – an extra £15,183 for buyers.
While the percentage increase was lower, the biggest monetary increase in the price of a home was in the London Borough of Hillingdon, which encompasses Heathrow Airport.
There, house prices grew by an average of £22,677, a 4.5% increase, compared to 2022.
London was the region which included the most entries in the top 10 of those experiencing rises: prices in Bexley and Newham also grew.
No clear reasons were given for the rises in those areas. Instead, the director of Halifax mortgages, Kim Kinnaird said house prices can be swayed by many factors such as the number of homes for sale, the local job market, and the kinds of services on offer like public transport, schools and universities.
Halifax said “Huddersfield weathered the UK’s house price downturn best over the last year” but “in many areas house prices remained largely static”.
While the Halifax didn’t publicly reveal all the areas that had seen price falls, the five with the biggest decreases had seen falls of between 13% and 15%.
They included Stoke-on-Trent, Perth and Stockport where prices fell 15%, 14.1% and 13.3% respectively.
Despite the falls, Halifax said prices are an average of £40,000 higher than before the pandemic but did not provide a figure for how much prices in general had changed since last year.
Halifax, along with the Bank of Scotland, is part of the Lloyds Bank Group, the UK’s largest mortgage lender.
The data, released on Thursday, was compiled by looking at prices used in Halifax and Bank of Scotland mortgage approvals in the 12 months to October 2023 compared to the year to October 2022.
Most people in the UK are neither home owners nor mortgage holders, according to Sky News analysis.
The largest group is renters.