House prices increased slightly, by 0.5%, in Merton in June, new figures show.
The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 6.5% over the last year.
The average Merton house price in June was £573,676, Land Registry figures show – a 0.5% increase on May.
Over the month, the picture was different to that across London, where prices increased 1.9%, and Merton was lower than the 1% rise for the UK as a whole.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Merton rose by £35,000 – putting the area 20th among London’s 33 local authorities with price data for annual growth.
The highest annual growth in the region was in Kensington and Chelsea, where property prices increased on average by 12.2%, to £1,362,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Camden gained 1.9% in value, giving an average price of £830,000.
An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.
But activity is starting to slow, with soaring inflation putting household budgets under pressure.
First steps on the property ladder
First-time buyers in Merton spent an average of £490,000 on their property – £27,000 more than a year ago, and £37,000 more than in June 2017.
By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £661,000 on average in June – 34.9% more than first-time buyers.
Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Merton in June – they increased 0.8%, to £630,374 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 7.5%.
Among other types of property:
Detached: down 1.1% monthly; up 10.2% annually; £1,738,207 averageSemi-detached: up 0.2% monthly; up 9.3% annually; £909,119 averageFlats: up 0.5% monthly; up 3.8% annually; £403,666 average
How do property prices in Merton compare?
Buyers paid 6.6% more than the average price in London (£538,000) in June for a property in Merton. Across London, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost £286,000.
The most expensive properties in London were in Kensington and Chelsea – £1.4 million on average, and 2.4 times as much as more than in Merton. Kensington and Chelsea properties cost four times as much as homes in Barking and Dagenham (£342,000 average), at the other end of the scale.
The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.
Average property price in June
Merton: £573,676London:£537,920UK: £286,397
Annual growth to June
Merton: +6.5%London: +6.3%UK: +7.8%
Highest and lowest annual growth in London
Kensington and Chelsea: +12.2%Camden: +1.9%