HOUSE prices increased in Brighton and Hove in June, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 9.8 per cent annual growth.

The average Brighton and Hove house price in June was £399,394, Land Registry figures show – a 1.1 per cent increase on May.

In the South East, prices increased 2.7 per cent in the last month.

Brighton and Hove underperformed in comparison and its poorer was also lower than the national average.

House prices rose by 4.5 per cent in the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Brighton and Hove rose by £36,000 – putting the area 23rd among the South East’s 70 local authorities for annual growth.

The best annual growth in the region was in Hastings, where property prices increased on average by 18.5 per cent, to £252,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Runnymede gained 0.9 per cent in value, giving an average price of £433,000.

Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Brighton and Hove in June – they increased 1.4 per cent, to £441,740 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 11.8 per cent.

Among other types of property:

• Detached: up 0.8 per cent monthly; up 10.9 per cent annually; £754,579 average

• Semi-detached: up 1.2 per cent monthly; up 11.5 per cent annually; £490,969 average

• Flats: up 1 per cent monthly; up 7.9 per cent annually; £316,657 average

First-time buyers in Brighton and Hove spent an average of £350,000 on their property – £30,000 more than a year ago, and £53,000 more than in June 2016.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £452,000 on average in June – 29.1 per cent more than first-time buyers.

Buyers paid 12.2 per cent more than the average price in the South East (£356,000) in June for a property in Brighton and Hove. Across the South East, property prices are high compared to those across the UK, where the average cost £266,000.

The most expensive properties in the South East were in Elmbridge – £650,000 on average, and 1.6 times as much as in Brighton and Hove. Elmbridge properties cost three times as much as homes in Southampton (£218,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea, where the average June sale price of £1.2 million could buy 13 properties in Burnley (average £99,000).

Average property price in June

• Brighton and Hove: £399,394

• The South East: £355,948

• UK: £265,668

Annual growth to June

• Brighton and Hove: +9.8 per cent

• The South East: +10.5 per cent

• UK: +13.2 per cent

Best and worst annual growth in the South East

• Hastings: +18.5 per cent

• Runnymede: +0.9 per cent

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