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Lisburn and Castlereagh house prices held steady in April

House prices remained steady in Lisburn and Castlereagh in April, new figures show.

File photo dated 14/10/14 of a sold and for sale signs. A gradual slowdown in the housing market in Scotland is likely as the cost-of-living crisis bites, a report has warned. House prices in Scotland continue to edge upwards but indicators are softening slightly, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) latest survey. Issue date: Thursday May 12, 2022.
File photo dated 14/10/14 of a sold and for sale signs. A gradual slowdown in the housing market in Scotland is likely as the cost-of-living crisis bites, a report has warned. House prices in Scotland continue to edge upwards but indicators are softening slightly, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) latest survey. Issue date: Thursday May 12, 2022.

House prices remained steady in Lisburn and Castlereagh in April, new figures show.

The lack of movement maintains the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 5% over the last year.

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An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.

The need for larger deposits and constraints on accessing mortgages have pushed homeownership further out of reach for many first-time buyers – despite Government figures showing 50% of renters would be able to afford the monthly payments.

In a recent major speech in Blackpool, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “comprehensive review” of the mortgage market would take place in a bid to help more people onto the property ladder.

The average Lisburn and Castlereagh house price in April was £189,968, Land Registry figures show – largely unchanged from March.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across Northern Ireland, where prices remained static, and Lisburn and Castlereagh was lower than the 1.1% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Lisburn and Castlereagh rose by £9,000 – putting the area 10th among Northern Ireland’s 11 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Mid Ulster, where property prices increased on average by 10.4%, to £160,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Belfast gained just 4.2% in value, giving an average price of £153,000.

How do property prices in Lisburn and Castlereagh compare?

Buyers paid more for properties in Lisburn and Castlereagh than anywhere else in Northern Ireland in April. The average price paid would buy 1.3 homes in Derry City and Strabane (£146,000), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.

Across Northern Ireland, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £281,000.

Factfile

Average property price in April

Lisburn and Castlereagh: £189,968Northern Ireland:£164,590UK: £281,161

Annual growth to April

Lisburn and Castlereagh: +5%Northern Ireland: +6.7%UK: +12.4%

Highest and lowest annual growth in Northern Ireland

Mid Ulster: +10.4%Belfast: +4.2%