House prices increased by just two per cent in Blackburn with Darwen in June, compared to other parts of East Lancashire, where the cost of buying has soared.

Recent Land Registry figures show that the average Blackburn with Darwen house price in June was £128,480 - a two per cent increase on May.

Over the month, the picture was less good than that across the North West, where prices increased by 6.8 per cent.

And Blackburn with Darwen underperformed compared to the 4.5 per cent rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Blackburn with Darwen rose by £13,000 - putting the area 33rd among the North West’s 43 local authorities for annual growth.

Meanwhile the average Burnley house price in June was £98,805, which was a 0.3 per cent decrease on May.

For the rest of Lancashire, house prices increased by 2.2 per cent over the same period.

The best annual growth in the region was in Pendle, where property prices increased on average by 22.8 per cent, to £124,000.

At the other end of the scale, properties in Preston gained 7.3 per cent in value, giving an average price of £136,000.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 11.5 per cent annual growth.

Winners and Losers

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Blackburn with Darwen in June – they increased 2.1 per cent, to £235,573 on average.

Over the last year, prices rose by 13.9 per cent.

Among other types of property:

Semi-detached: up 1.8 per cent monthly; up 10 per cent annually; £135,371 average

Terraced: up 2 per cent monthly; up 11.5 per cent annually; £106,368 average

Flats: up 1.4 per cent monthly; up 7.7 per cent annually; £82,942 average

First steps on the property ladder:

First-time buyers in Blackburn with Darwen spent an average of £114,000 on their property – £11,000 more than a year ago, and £23,000 more than in June 2016.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £143,000 on average in June – 25.2 per cent more than first-time buyers.

How do property prices in Blackburn with Darwen compare?

Buyers paid 35.8 per cent less than the average price in the North West (£200,000) in June for a property in Blackburn with Darwen.

Across the North West, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £266,000.

The most expensive properties in the North West were in Trafford - £322,000 on average, and 2.5 times as much as in Blackburn with Darwen.

Trafford properties cost 3.3 times as much as homes in Burnley (£99,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea, where the average June sale price of £1.2million could buy 13 properties in Burnley (average £99,000).


Average property price in June

Blackburn with Darwen: £128,480

The North West: £200,222

UK: £265,668

Annual growth to June

Blackburn with Darwen: +11.5 per cent

The North West: +18.6 per cent

UK: +13.2 per cent

Best and worst annual growth in the North West

Pendle: +22.8 per cent

Preston: +7.3 per cent

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