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Terraced houses see biggest increase in UK property prices

The latest Halifax Property Type Review, which tracks price and sales movements by property type across the UK, found that the typical price of a terraced home increasing by 68% or £61,489 from £89,843 in the second quarter of 2001 to £151,332 in the second quarter of 2011.

Over the past 10 years, the price of the average UK home has risen by 53% from £116,325 in 2001 to £177,740 in 2011. Bungalows recorded the second biggest increase at 68%, followed by semi detached properties at 62%.

Despite terraced properties recording the strongest price growth over the past decade, they remain the most affordable property type. The price of an average terraced property is 15% below the average UK house price of £177,740 and 45% lower than the price of the average detached home of £273,173. In 2001, the typical terraced house price was 23% lower than the UK average house price for all properties.

Terraced homes also saw their share of all house sales rise by more than any other property type over the past decade, increasing from 31% in 2001 to 34% in 2011. In contrast, detached homes were the only property type to see a drop in their share of all sales since 2001, declining from 21% to 14%. This decline was driven by a large drop in the proportion of home movers buying detached homes from 30% to 22%.

Semi detached and terraced homes have remained the most popular types of property purchased over the last 10 years. These property types represent nearly two thirds, 63%, of all home sales in 2011, up from 59% in 2001. For first time buyers, semi detached homes have risen in popularity, accounting for 29% of purchases in 2011 compared with 26% in 2001.

Flats have been the worst price performer over the last 10 years. Flats recorded the smallest price growth over the decade to 2011 with the value of a typical flat rising by 49%. This relative underperformance largely reflected an over supply of this type of property in some parts of the country.

Flats more than doubled during the 2000s, as a proportion of all dwellings built in England, rising from 20% in 2000/2001 to a peak of 50% in 2008/09. This proportion has since dropped to 35% in 2010/11 during the marked downturn in the housing market.
Terraced homes account for the biggest price growth in most UK regions. Terraced properties recorded the largest price increases of any property type in eight of the eleven UK regions tracked over the last 10 years. In contrast, detached properties and flats witnessed the smallest percentage gains over the period across nine regions.

Yorkshire and Humber and Scotland accounted for the biggest price rises across all five property types since 2001, while London accounted for the smallest gains across all property types.

Those looking to trade down later in life have seen their potential cash windfall rise by over a third over the past ten years. Trading down from a detached home to a bungalow would have earned an average windfall of £86,006 in 2011, an increase of 35% or £22,413 since 2001.