Commuting Can Make Property Buyers Quids In

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Buying property outside major cities and commuting can reap dividends, according to new research from estate agent comparison website, GetAgent.co.uk.

The website looked at commuter towns surrounding London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool, working out the cost increase in an annual train ticket for each over the last year. They then looked at property price growth during the same period to see where commuters were quids in on property values despite the cost of commuting into a larger city and how this compared to property price growth in each city. 

Newport in Wales came out top, where the average property price has increased by £7,362 over the last year, while the cost of commuting into Bristol has risen by just £77, an overall increase of £7,285 after commuter costs. In contrast, house prices in Bristol have dropped by £3,602 during the same time period so commuting to Bristol has paid off for Newport homeowners.

Commuting from both Stafford and Kidderminster into Birmingham has also been a good choice for homeowners. Both locations have seen the annual cost of travel increase by £55 and £35 respectively, but with property price growth hitting nearly £6,000 over the last year in both locations, homeowners have seen a total increase of between £5,700-£5,800, compared to just £2,317 in Birmingham. 

Property owners commuting from York have also seen a total increase of £5,011 in house prices once you deduct the £72 increase in train fares, compared to just £2,903 in Leeds as a whole.

Commuting from Widness (£4,871) and Runcorn (£4,852) to Liverpool has also been more profitable for property owners compared to the £2,670 increase in property values in the main city.

Property owning commuters in Rochdale (£4,789) and Stockport (£4,629) are far better off than those living in Manchester despite an increase in commuting costs, with property prices in Manchester down by £955 in the last year.

Canterbury has been the most profitable commuter town for homeowners travelling into London. Despite a £172 jump in travel costs, prices are up £4,150 over the last year, £3,978 after the cost of commuting, and a much better performance than London as a whole where prices have dipped by £17,791 in the last year.

The worst commuter town for property owners is Slough where travel costs have increased by £81 in the last year, while property prices have fallen by £15,904. Despite this combined decline of £15,985, it still comes in less than the £17,791 lost in London property values. 

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented: While the increasing value of a property can’t be directly drawn upon in order to stomach the increasing cost of travel, it will certainly be welcomed by those homeowners that have looked to the commuter belts of our major cities.’

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