While a somewhat lethargic London property market may be currently trailing the rest of the UK when it comes to the pandemic property price boom, research from debt advisory specialists, Henry Dannell, has revealed it remains the best place to have bought a home for those coming to the end of a 25-year mortgage term.
Henry Dannell looked at which region of the UK has been most profitable for homeowners reaching the momentous life mile market of paying off a mortgage today, based on a 25-year term and after adjusting for inflation.
The research shows that London tops the table for those reaching financial freedom in today’s property market. Back in 1997, the average London home was valued at £83,066, or £160,864 after adjusting for inflation. Today, this has climbed to £510,102, an inflation adjusted uplift of £349,238 or 217%. That’s a huge average annual increase of £13,970 (9%) over a 25-year mortgage term.
Homeowners in the East of England have enjoyed the second largest increase in the value of their homes during the time it’s taken to pay off their mortgage. House prices in the region are up 199% in the last 25 years – an increase of £227,214.
However, when it comes to actual profit made on their property, those in the South East have seen a larger return. The average value of a home in the region is up £244,672 (183%) in the last 25 years once adjusted for inflation, an average increase of almost £10,000 every year.
The South West (175%) and East Midlands (160%) also rank amongst some of the strongest performing areas of the UK.
Even at the opposite end of the table, homeowners in Northern Ireland will have seen a 58%, or £159,151, increase in the value of their home over a 25-year mortgage term – that’s an uplift of £2,331 each and every year on average.
Director of Henry Dannell, Geoff Garrett, commented:
“Many current homeowners will be understandably concerned about the string of base rate increases that have come since the end of last year and what this means for their monthly mortgage payments.
However, those coming to the end of a 25-year mortgage term will have a far more balanced view having seen interest rates climb to almost six percent in 2007 before remaining historically low ever since.
They are also likely to have made a considerable profit on their purchase, with property values up across the board and by quite some margin.
Although London house prices have stuttered during the pandemic in contrast to the far greater increases seen elsewhere around the UK, the region remains by far the best investment when it comes to long term market performance.
Our expectation is that, following the recent blip in London house price performance, this market is likely to come back strongly in the short to medium term.”