Homes rise in value by £1.8 trillion

homesThe value of privately-owned homes in the UK has risen by £1.8 trillion in the past ten years, with all privately owned homes worth a total of £3.9 trillion, up from £2.1 trillion a decade ago.

The 84% rise is about £68,500 per household and is more than twice the rate of inlfation, with the retail price index up by just 38% in the same period.
The figures come from a review of the value of housing stock, by the mortgage giant, Halifax. It was compiled from data from the Communities and Local Government (CLG) department.

Bad five years

But the Halifax warns that, over the past five years, the value of the UK's housing stock has declined by 5%, or £187bn. This reflects the reduction in house prices since autumn 2007.

We are also ever more in debt because of the rising house prices. The Halifax points out that the total value of outstanding mortgage balances has more than doubled (111%).

But is says the £1.8 trillion increase in the value of housing assets outstripped the £655bn rise in mortgage debt between 2001 and 2011. As a result, housing equity - the value of housing assets less the total value of outstanding mortgage balances - has increased by £1.1 trillion from £1.5 trillion in 2001 to £2.6 trillion in 2011.

North-south divide

Over the decade, the North-South divide has narrowed. Overall, the value of housing assets in the North has risen by more than in the South since 2001, increasing by 90% and 79% respectively over the decade. As a result, the South's share of total UK private housing sector assets has fallen from 60% in 2001 to 58% in 2011.

However, the South's share of the UK's housing assets has increased in the past five years from 55% in 2006 to 58% in 2011.

Biggest price rises by region

  • Scotland 131%
  • North East 102%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber 98%
  • London 88%
  • East Midlands 87%
  • South West 85%
  • Wales 85%
  • Northern Ireland 83%
  • East 81%
  • North West 79%
  • West Midlands 71%
  • South East 68%

All 12 regions of the UK have seen a significant increase in the value of their private housing stock during the last ten years. The biggest increase was in Scotland where there was a 131% increase (from £113.5bn in 2001 to £262.6bn in 2011), followed by the North with a rise of 102% (from £50.5bn to £101.8bn).

In Yorkshire and the Humber housing value has almost doubled to £236bn from £119bn in 2001 (98%). The smallest increases were in the South East (68%) and the West Midlands (71%).

The large rise in Scotland is a combination of a 111% growth in house prices and a 16% increase in private housing stock - the biggest increases across the UK in both key components of the value of the housing stock.


Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: "The value of UK's housing stock has soared in the decade to 2011 notwithstanding the decline in house prices seen since autumn 2007, rising by 84% to just under £4 trillion at the end of 2011.

"Whilst outstanding mortgage debt has more than doubled over the last ten years, the value of the housing stock has risen by more in monetary terms. As a result, the total value of housing equity has shown a healthy increase. For most homeowners housing is still very much the main store of private wealth."
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