House prices increased by 1.7 per cent – more than the average for Yorkshire and the Humber – in Doncaster in August, new figures show.
The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 9.9 per cent over the last year.
The average Doncaster house price in August was £166,700, Land Registry figures show – a 1.7 per cent increase on July.
Over the month, the picture was different to that across Yorkshire and the Humber, where prices increased 0.8 per cent, and Doncaster was above the 0.9 per cent rise for the UK as a whole.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Doncaster rose by £15,000 – putting the area 17th among Yorkshire and the Humber’s 21 local authorities with price data for annual growth.
The highest annual growth in the region was in Craven, where property prices increased on average by 19.9 per cexnt, to £286,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Richmondshire gained 5.6 per cent in value, giving an average price of £254,000.
An imbalance between supply and demand for properties saw house prices climb across the UK throughout the pandemic.
But experts say expectations have changed significantly in recent weeks amid mortgage rate rises, with the likelihood of a dampening effect on house price growth.
According to figures from Moneyfacts.co.uk on Wednesday, the average two-year fixed-rate mortgage on the market has a rate of 6.52 per cent and the average five-year fix is at 6.36 per cent.
There are around 900 fewer mortgage products available than there were on mini-budget day in September.
Chris Druce, senior research analyst at Knight Frank, said: “Current activity in the housing market is being shaped by mortgage status.
“Those that can are pushing on and securing deals ahead of further increases, while others have paused plans to digest events.
“With affordability set to be a growing barrier for many homebuyers in the coming months, we forecast house price growth will slow from here, with price falls in 2023.
First-time buyers in Doncaster spent an average of £149,000 on their property – £13,000 more than a year ago, and £38,000 more than in August 2017.
By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £184,000 – 23.5 per cent more than first-time buyers.
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