People could save £450,000 (60%) on the average cost of a house by simply moving out of London
According to research by Lloyds bank, people working in London could save themselves almost £450,000 or 60% on the cost of a house if they chose to live outside of the city and commute into London every day.
The study shows that average house prices drop by 60% from £741,919 in central London to £294,903 in towns such as Wellingborough and Chatham that are only an hour away from London.
Lloyds continue to say that even when taking into account the typical annual rail cost for a one-hour daily commute each way at £4,989, a commuter would have to make the same journey for 89 years for the total rail costs to wipe out the benefit in house prices.
The top 5 most affordable commuter towns outside of London for house prices are:
⦁ Wellingborough in Northamptonshire
⦁ Peterborough in Cambridgeshire
⦁ Kettering in Northamptonshire
⦁ Chatham in Kent
⦁ Swindon in Wiltshire
In Wellingborough in Northamptonshire is seen as the most affordable commuter town, where the average house price of £183,345 is 4.1 times the average annual earnings for central London workers. The next most affordable town outside of London is Peterborough in Cambridgeshire where the average house price is 4.2 times the typical annual earnings in London, at £189,319.
If you don’t wish to be that far from London, then towns such as Hatfield, Billericay, Orpington and Reading are only about 40 minutes away from London. In these towns you could potentially save 48% or £353,000 compared to London’s house prices. The average house prices in these towns is around £389,000 and with a lower average annual rail pass cost at £3,534.
Andrew Mason, Lloyds Bank mortgage products director, said:
“Commuters to London who don’t mind a longer journey between home and work could reap the financial benefits of living outside of the capital.”
“However, the decision of whether to live in the city or further away is not simply a trade-off between financial costs and journey times. Quality of life is also a major factor: family circumstances, better schools, physical environment and homes that offer better value for money also come into the equation,”
Mr Mason continued:
“That explains why, especially outside London, commuters are often prepared to pay a premium to commute when they could be better off in purely financial terms living closer to their place of work.”
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Are Luxury London House Prices Falling?
The West End of London has long had a reputation for exorbitant wealth and opulence. A reputation that was substantiated last week by the sale of an 11ft by 7ft run-down car garage in Chelsea that was sold for £550,000. That’s more than double the UK average house price stipulated by Rightmove of £271,669. In fact, a combination of a stronger pound against the dollar and increased office rental costs have recently seen London leap-frog Hong Kong to become the world’s most expensive city. The stronger pound and the threat of the mansion tax has also meant, however, that London’s premium properties have increased by only 3% this year compared to the 41% appreciation since the financial crash of 2008…
… So, is the luxury london property bubble about to burst? And what does that mean for the rest of us?
There has, after all, been compelling arguments that suggest that London’s luxury developments are responsible for saving the UK’s mainstream housing market. London is home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world and has more billionaires, 72, than any other city in the world, edging out New York and Moscow. The recent crisis in Ukraine, moreover, has seen even more Russian – and Ukrainian – capital flow into London amid fears of international sanctions.
The aforementioned increase in the strength of sterling and threat of a mansion tax, alongside a number of other economic and policy changes threaten to change the way business is conducted in the capital. To continue, this could potentially reduce the number of foreign investors in London as they seek out more fertile cities and emerging markets worldwide. There are economists and academics who believe London’s property market could unravel, but there are also those that believe domestic concerns in other countries could sustain or even increase the amount of money pouring into London, mostly from Asia. Either way, the UK housing market as a whole remains inextricably linked to events occurring in London so we will all be affected. How things will unfold is still unclear, only time will tell…
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