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The Housing Market in Birmingham

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If you’re looking for Birmingham house prices, we’ve got you covered with our guide. We’ve surveyed the latest data from Zoopla to give you the low-down on what buyers in Birmingham need to know, from the most affordable areas to the more expensive areas of the city to make a purchase.


Average house prices in Birmingham

According to data from Zoopla, the average property price in Birmingham over the last 12 months (to March 2021) was £206,253. Get an idea of how far your budget will stretch with our breakdown of average prices by property type:

Detached house: £356,040

Semi-detached house: £202,755

Terraced house: £150,576

Flats: £139,606


Birmingham’s Most Expensive Areas

Located 12 miles to the south of Birmingham, and 5 miles from Solihull, Hockley Heath (B94) is the most expensive area to buy in Birmingham, with an average property price of £597,851. Prices in Hockley Heath have seen an increase of 16% over the last five years, and for that money, you’ll get the peace and quiet of countryside living with strong transport links to the city centre for easy commuting.

Knowle is another charming village on the outskirts of Solihull, which is much sought-after by families. Average house prices in Knowle (B93) have increased by 14% over the past 5 years, to £502,762.

Henley-in-Arden (B95) boasts a mile-long conservation area as its High Street, and is the third-most expensive area to buy property in the Birmingham area.

Often named as the best place to live in Britain, unsurprisingly, Solihull itself also features on our list of the most expensive places to buy property in and around Birmingham. With plenty of green spaces and a thriving eating and drinking scene, Solihull is the ideal choice for families.

Finally, Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield is the fifth most expensive area to buy a house in the Birmingham region. Just 7.5 miles north of Birmingham, the town is within easy commuting distance to the city centre, and has regular trains passing through.

Average prices for the most expensive areas in Birmingham:

Hockley Heath, Earlswood: £597,851(16% increase over the last 5 years)

Knowle: £502,762 (14% increase over the last 5 years)

Henley-in-Arden: £505,697 (16% increase over the last 5 years)

Solihull: £482,738 (19% increase over the last 5 years)

Four Oaks: £347,198 (an increase of 17% over the last 5 years)


Birmingham’s Cheapest Areas to Buy

Two inner-city districts are the cheapest areas to buy in Birmingham, with Nechells (B7) and Witton (B6) offering good deals for prospective house hunters, with average prices of £116,111 and £123,541 respectively.

Also within the city centre is Lozells, a multicultural hub with a choice of terraced housing. Just outside Birmingham city centre, Handsworth is another affordable area for first-time buyers in Birmingham. This region has a choice of excellent schools, as does Castle Vale, the fifth cheapest area to buy a property in London.

Average prices for the cheapest areas in Birmingham:

Nechells: £116,111 (an increase of 12% over the last 5 years)

Aston, Witton: £123,541 (an increase of 11% over the last 5 years)

Lozells: £113,285 (an increase of 15% over the last 5 years)

Handsworth: £107,446 (an increase of 15% over the last 5 years)

Castle Vale: £136,484 (an increase of 15% over the last 5 years)


Up & Coming Areas in Birmingham

There’s a lot of redevelopment underway in Birmingham, so bag yourself a bargain with a property purchase in one of the city’s biggest up and coming areas.

Small Heath in south-east Birmingham is home to the Shelbys and their gang, the Peaky Blinders, both in real-life and in the BBC drama. It offers strong transport links to the rest of the city, as does Hall Green, another area in the south-east of the city. Both of these regions offer excellent property investments for the future as they are redeveloped.

Affluent Edgbaston and Moseley are also great areas in which to invest with a property purchase. Both are among the most desirable city postcodes, with excellent wining, dining and leisure facilities in both regions.

Finally, Water Orton is an up and coming area to go for, if you’re looking to buy a home slightly outside of Birmingham city centre.

These areas are all fantastic options for buyers looking for good transport links to Birmingham city centre, as well as a wide range of amenities, and cultural activities.


How Far Will Your Budget Go?

To help you make your decision about where to live in Birmingham, we’ve analysed the latest data from Zoopla to give you a better idea of how far your budget will go.

For a two-bedroom flat in the sought-after area of Hockley Heath, you should expect to pay upwards of £300,000, but you could expect to buy a flat with the same number of bedrooms for less than £120,000 in the B7 postcode area of Nechells.


The Future of Birmingham’s Housing Market

Birmingham is experiencing a property boom. The development of the High Speed 2 (HS2) line has driven an increase in demand for homes in the city centre as young professionals see the UK’s second city as a more affordable option than living in London.

Population growth in the city is also contributing to the increased demand for housing, with house prices rising across the city. With redevelopment and regeneration taking place city-wide, there’s been no better time to think about buying a house in Birmingham.

* All data correct to March 2021

If you need advice for first-time buying in Birmingham – or if you’re looking for a reliable mortgage broker in the West Midlands – don’t hesitate to contact us today.

We’re experts on all things mortgage-related (and our services are always 100% free).


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