Average house could cost almost £1m in 20 years

Published by Hannah Nemeth on 30 January 2017.
Last updated on 30 January 2017

London houses

If property prices continue to rise over the next few years, the average house price in England could hit £301,864 by 2027 and £983,826 by 2037, new research has revealed.

Analysing data from the Land Registry over the past 20 years, online estate agent eMoov.co.uk has calculated the percentage growth in property prices across England and Wales. The same increase was then applied to today’s average property prices to estimate how much properties will cost in 10 and 20 years’ time if house price growth continues at the same rate.

10-year hike

If prices across England were to rise by 29% as they have done since 2007, it would bring average house prices in 2027 up to £301,864. Meanwhile, in London house buyers could be paying an average of £866,719 if property values continue to rise by 80%. In the South East, prices could rise from today’s average of £313,334 to £445,159 in 10 years’ time – a 42% increase.

On a positive note, some areas will remain more affordable for house buyers: in both Wales and the North West, the average property in 10 years’ time could cost £154,072 and £158,131 respectively, while the East and West Midlands would also be more affordable, with an average of £205,870 and £183,883 respectively.

Using eMoov’s calculations, one area that could see prices fall over 10 years is the North East – down from £126,989 to £121,699.


Heading for £1 million

Property prices in England would go up by 320% over 20 years, and eMoov admits that this pace of growth is unlikely to continue over the next 20 years. But if it did, the average property would be priced at £983,826.

In London, if prices continued to go up by 480%, the average house would cost £2,792,783, while they would hit £1,422,708 in the South East over 20 years.

Meanwhile, Wales and the North West would continue to be more affordable, with average property prices of £494,731 in Wales and £533,010 in the North West.

Over 20 years, the West and East Midlands would become much less affordable at £560,037 and £666,178 respectively.

While prices in the North East fell over 10 years, they were more stable over 20 years, so prices would go up, with the average price at £380,753 – the most affordable area in England.


“Housing bubble unlikely to burst soon”

Russell Quirk, founder and chief executive of eMoov.co.uk, says: “Despite the usual industry speculation, it's not likely that we'll see a bursting of the house price bubble any time soon, but perhaps a slight deflation temporarily. Should this be the case, this research highlights the near impossible task faced by the next generation of aspirational buyers and acts as a warning to the government should it fail to address the current lack of property available, which is seeing prices once again reach dangerously inflated levels.

“The property boom in several regions of England has made it increasingly more expensive to get on the ladder, and the figures anticipating the next two decades only further attest to the importance of investing in a home as soon as possible if the trend in increasing property values is to persist.

“It is stomach churning to think that should prices continue the way they are, there will be just one real area of property affordability left across England and Wales in 20 years’ time, with the average house price in England approaching the £1million mark and three regions tipping beyond this.”

Region Average House Price (2007) Average House Price (2017) % Change (Last 10 Years) Average House Price (2027)
London £267,658 £481,648 80% £866,719
South East £220,546 £313,334 42% £445,159
East of England £194,994 £278,349 43% £397,335
South West £197,597 £239,371 21% £289,976
East Midlands £151,360 £176,524 17% £205,870
West Midlands £144,775 £163,162 13% £183,883
North West £142,760 £150,249 5% £158,131
Wales £139,760 £146,742 5% £154,072
North East £132,508 £126,989 -4% £121,699
England £181,824 £234,278 29% £301,864


Region Average House Price (1997) Average House Price (2017) % Change (Last 20 Years) Average House Price (2037)
London £83,066 £481,648 480% £2,792,783
South East £69,008 £313,334 354% £1,422,708
East of England £59,081 £278,349 371% £1,311,380
South West £57,751 £239,371 314% £992,157
East Midlands £46,775 £176,524 277% £666,178
West Midlands £47,536 £163,162 243% £560,038
North West £42,353 £150,249 255% £533,010
Wales £43,525 £146,742 237% £494,731
North East £42,353 £126,989 200% £380,753
England £55,789 £234,278 320% £983,826


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