Whenever looking for a house for sale in the UK or in Ditchling, it is vital you look at the market trends and house price fluctuations in the wider area of East Sussex too. House prices of houses for sale can change even among different streets very close to each other so, as a landlord, it would be a good idea to be familiar with the area of Ditchling.
In this article, we will be looking at the city of Ditchling in detail so you know how to navigate the area and have a better understanding on where to invest.
What kind of demographics does the city of Ditchling have?
The city of Ditchling, situated in East Sussex, is a particularly impressive part of the UK because of the specific demographics of the location.
In the below headings, the city of Ditchling and its demographics will be compared to its wider location (South East). This includes population size, growth and population education now and into the future.
These statistics are heavily influenced by socio-economic factors and as a result this also shapes the projected house price of the houses for sale in Ditchling. So, taking a good look at the data is essential to understand the area you are considering to buy in.
What’s the crime rate in Ditchling?
The crime rate of Ditchling must be looked at sceptically. The reason for this is that the crime rate can vary within a city greatly and the type of crime committed can also vary too.
For example, the area has a crime rate of 59, but another city may have a higher crime rate but not be deemed as dangerous due to lower level crime or minor offences being committed.
Either way, high crime rates are never a good sign so consider the rate against the UK average of 79.52 for every 1000 people as a benchmark.
Lower rates could mean things like home insurance is cheaper and you have to install fewer security measures throughout your house. Saving you money in the long run. So the statistic of crime rate (59) is both useful and is recommended to be compared to the average.
What is the city of Ditchling’s social grade score?
In the city of Ditchling, the social grade score of the area is 38%. But what does this exactly mean? The figure refers to the proportion of people in the two highest categories of skilled jobs.
The categories are grouped from A to E shown in the table below. Overall, a high social grade score means there are more affluent people working in managerial and professional roles in the area.
This table shows the average breakdown of the UK in terms of where most people in the UK are working so you can compare it to the social grade score of Ditchling.
|Social Score||Category||The proportion of the UK population (%)|
|A||Professional, managerial or administrative||4|
|B||Intermediate managerial or professional jobs||23|
|C1||Supervisory, junior managerial or professional jobs||29|
|C2||Skilled manual workers||21|
|D||Semi and unskilled manual workers||15|
|E||State pensioners, casual & lowest grade workers||8|
Is there sufficient green space in Ditchling?
There are cities in the UK such as Edinburgh and Bristol that have a higher percentages of green space with Edinburgh being the most at 49%. The city of Ditchling currently has 32.5 for every 1000 residents.
Green space helps the quality of people’s mental health as well as fight against diseases like obesity. As studies have shown that the proximity of people to green spaces in the UK has a positive impact on the physical health of people in the UK and Ditchling in this case.
What is the education level like in Ditchling?
In Ditchling, the proportion of people who have a degree is 33%. Generally speaking, as the number of people with degrees increases, the more people are able to afford houses to buy as a degree is a good indicator of a higher income. To put this into perspective, the average income of Ditchling is £54,500.
This figure for average household income usually goes up alongside the percentage of people who have degrees.
However, this is not a hard and fast rule, there are many factors influencing the buying power of a population and hence the appreciation of housing and the number of houses for sale in the area. This can include the rental yields of the area and other demographic statistics like crime rate.
Nonetheless, it cannot be argued that those with degrees tend to live in more affluent areas as 82% of people who achieve a first in degree level education are owners of the place they live.
How much are those living in Ditchling earning?
While not always the case, the amount people earn can be associated with better schools in the area and perhaps a nicer environment to live in.
£54,500 is the average household income of the area. And the higher this figure is the more likely it is that there is a higher percentage of people with a social grade score in the A or B categories which is 38% for Ditchling.
Are the deprivation levels of the UK any different to Ditchling?
The number of people who are deprived can have an impact on the perception of your house in the general marketplace. Additionally, if you are looking for a house to live in for the long term, you can start to picture what your neighbours and the people in your area live like financially.
If the proportion of deprivation of Ditchling is 15% and in general for the UK this figure is somewhere around 33%, you can see if this figure is something you are happy with as you search for a house to buy.
What is the population of Ditchling?
In the UK in general and specifically in the region in question, large population sizes can be good indications that there are a lot of people in the area looking for houses for sale which can drive up demand and therefore impact the cost. You should also check to see if the population is growing in the area too to show an increasing demand, this is even better. Currently, the total population of Ditchling is 17,572.
Sometimes, smaller populations can have higher buyer demand than large populations on the other hand. This is because the price of houses and hence the demand for houses is based on a variety of variables.
The most important variable is the location of the houses for sale in the city of Ditchling.
In Ditchling, how has the population changed over the last five years?
In the last five years, over time, the change in population size was 4%. Looking at this figure can inform you of the buyer demand for the houses for sale in the area. Read more here
This may mean that the city has now started to slow down in terms of population growth or it may mean the city is also building a lot of houses which would indicate the supply of houses for sale will be matching the demand.
Making predictions about the future growth of Ditchling is hence important in making a decision if capital appreciation of your real estate investment is something you’re after as a landlord.
Comparing this figure for the 5 year growth (4%) as well as the ten year growth in the subheading below should allow you to make some accurate forecasts on the growth rate. Click here to know more on the UK population trends.
Ditchling population difference over 10 years?
The population has adjusted in the area of Ditchling by 9% in the most recent decade. This change is even more useful when compared alongside the figure for the five year growth of the area too.
This will tell you if the population is changing at the moment or if change is more recent. Through this a landlord can accurately look at the fluctuations in population size of the area over time and therefore better understand the trend of the houses for sale in Ditchling.
To make an example, the town of Salford which is a part of Manchester has seen a 10% increase in population. house price has therefore followed.
A house for sale appropriate to your needs
Many criteria impact the price of houses for sale in Ditchling.
Here below are the most important ones according to Lofti’s expertise:
Affordability – (see what house for sale can you afford?)
A guide from the UK government
House Location – The borough and region of the UK you want to invest in is an important factor to consider when looking for a home for sale.
Transport – Commuting can be a waste of time. Minimise it by checking how long it will take from the house for sale you’re interested in, to your office before considering buying
Number of bedrooms – The number of bedrooms goes hand in hand with the house for sale price. If you are buying for the long period try to think if you might need an extra bedroom
Energy performance of the house for sale – The difference between an EPC rating of A and an EPC rating of G can impact your monthly utility bills, consider this when evaluating houses for sale.
Internet connection – Being able to take video calls from your home is crucial nowadays, always check the broadband of the area when browsing houses for sale
Car park – Ask the property seller for parking availability. If it is included in the price of the house for sale, you can justify paying more than you would at first glance
Conditions of the house for sale – Repair works can be expensive and take a lot of time, assess the conditions of the houses listed for sale before making an official offer.
What are the asking prices for the houses for sale in the city of Ditchling?
When investors make offers for houses for sale in Ditchling, the average price asked by the homeowners works out to be £578,169.
In the table below, for all the different sizes of houses in the area, the average asking prices have been displayed. This tells you what kind of house is more or less expensive and sought after despite houses with fewer bedrooms being overall less expensive anyway.
Any house that looks like it is overpriced for the number of bedrooms it has in Ditchling is typically not overpriced. It is just the case that that type of housing has a higher demand, therefore, people are willing to pay more.
Average price of houses for sale in Ditchling
|Average asking price (1 bed)||no relevant data for this city|
|Average asking price (2 bed)||£413,250|
|Average asking price (3 bed)||£543,817|
|Average asking price (4 bed)||£688,999|
|Average asking price (5 bed)||£1,121,500|
After looking at this table about prices of houses for sale in Ditchling, someone who is buying a home would have a detailed understanding of what kind of house for sale is available on the market that best suits the amount of money they are looking to invest. Also, using a more general figure like the average asking price per square foot of a property which is £4,610 will help them to have a more holistic understanding.
In Ditchling, what do houses for sale tend to sell for?
There are a lot of factors that impact the final sale price a house for sale sells for in the UK and in Ditchling. In Ditchling, this sale price works out to be £483,776. As an example, a factor like population growth over the last 10 years which works out to be 9% in Ditchling and impacts house prices of the houses for sale.
|Housing category||Total final sale price|
|Average sold price (detached)||£637,526|
|Average sold price (semi-detached)||£436,509|
|Average sold price (terraced)||£363,979|
|Average sold price (flat)||£231,592|
Above, the exact type of house is also shown to vary in price in a table in Ditchling. You may think that the bigger the house is the more expensive, but actually, this table is more based on the demand for the properties in each category.
|Housing category||Sale price per square foot|
|Average sold price/sqft||£4,260|
|Average sold price/sqft (new build)||£3,940|
|Average sold price/sqft (old stock)||£4,250|
In addition, here is the price per square foot. By taking this data and doing an average, it is also possible to work out the average square foot of houses in Ditchling which is £4,430. From here you can get a sense of the price of the overall housing market and therefore, also find out the prices of the houses for sale.
Are you considering other cities with houses for sale?
See here below a list of cities in the same UK region of Ditchling which is South East. You might want to consider these as alternatives for your next real estate investment:
- Boughton-Green in South East
- Brenzett in South East
- Reading in South East
- Blackfield in South East
- Chineham in South East
Or, visit our dedicated page on the houses for sale data for the whole of the UK – houses for sale in the UK.
Who can help you buy a house for sale in Ditchling?
Who should you talk to while going through the process of making an offer on a house for sale?
Several experts specialise in giving advice to property investors or to first time potential buyers.
Since the process of finding the right house for sale can take months, you have all the time to consult with the experts you might need.
Find here a list of those you should contact to get professional guidance and assistance when purchasing a house for sale:
- Lender – This practitioner can lend you money to finalise a house purchase
- Insurer – Insuring companies will provide you with the insurance policy you need to protect the house for sale you want to buy
- Legal representative – This professional is usually there to handle all the legal tasks associated with purchasing a home for sale.
- Surveyor – Carries out and independent valuation on the house for sale based on its conditions. It is very useful to understand the correct price before making an offer
- Mortgage specialist – Mortgage advisors works on commissions. They will get a cut from the bank and will guide you with offering the best deals given your financial situation
- Energy assessor – We strongly suggest you to invest in a professional assessment of the Energy Performance of the house for sale you want to purchase
What’s the rental yield in general for the city of Ditchling?
Is the housing market in Ditchling growing?
The growth of an area like Ditchling can be a great indicator of a thriving city and the influx of new people can drive demand for housing and help appreciate the value of your house after you buy it.
Paying attention to the table below tells you how the number of houses has changed over time at one year, three year and five year intervals.
|1 year||3 years||5 years|
|Ditchling growth rate||15%||29%||25%|
Despite the number of houses being built rising, this may not indicate that the housing price of the houses for sale is going up. It could be the case that there are a lot of new builds in the area which are causing the supply of the houses for sale to match demand and this could cause a decline in house price as time goes on.
Make sure you do your own research specific to the city of Ditchling if you want to find out the exact reasons for the housing change.
Assuming you are not looking for a house for sale in a certain area because of private reasons such as being close to a family member or you have been relocated to a new office, these are some of the factors to consider in order to understand if an investment is worth your money.
Investors typically look at data such as the average rental yield, the average asking price of rent per month, rent turnover and sale turnover. These KPIs give property investors a solid idea of how the market is performing in that area.
For the city of Ditchling, the below table demonstrates this well. To make things simple, it compares these numbers to the wider region of the UK; South East. As well as East Sussex, to give a smaller scale area to compare the data to.
|Average Yield||Average Asking rent||Turnover (rental)||Turnover (sale)|
|Ditchling||2.9%||£1,391||no relevant data for this city||16.0%|
Assuming that in the future you want to re-sell the house you will eventually purchased in Ditchling you might be interested in the number of sales per month (16) that happen in the local housing market. Comparing this figure for Ditchling with the above table gives you a good understanding of the profitability of the area.