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Ash – What to look for in houses for sale?

by | Nov 15, 2022

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Whenever looking for a house for sale in the UK or in Ash, it is vital you look at the market trends and house price fluctuations in the wider area of Somerset 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 Ash.

In this article, we will be looking at the city of Ash in detail so you know how to navigate the area and have a better understanding on where to invest.

On average, what is the figure for the asking price of a house for sale in Ash?

As you go ahead and make offers on a house for sale, it is sometimes best to know what other people are offering for the same type of house for sale so you know what to offer yourself to get a good deal. So you should know, the average asking price of Ash is £307,381.

Even though the asking price is not what the eventual price the house is sold at, making a note of the averages for the city of Ash is useful when negotiating and knowing what to expect for every type of house for sale.

Average price of houses for sale in Ash

Average asking price (1 bed) no relevant data for this city
Average asking price (2 bed) £219,225
Average asking price (3 bed) £288,113
Average asking price (4 bed) £483,819
Average asking price (5 bed) no relevant data for this city

The above table is perfect for understanding the distribution of properties in the area as well as looking at this data alongside the average asking price per square foot of £0. Telling you what type of house is most in demand relative to the price of the area.

This could be due to more people looking at particular types of houses for sale over others or even due to the fact that Ash has a lack of supply of housing in certain categories.

Advice from experts on properties for sale in Ash

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

Invest in a house for sale that meets your demands

When browsing houses for sale in Ash you should think about lots of different criteria:

  • House for sale affordability – visit the dedicated page of the UK government to understand (see what you can afford)

  • Location of the house for sale – the region and town you are considering to live in are crucial factors to consider before looking for houses for sale. In this article, we define lots of demographic factors that should help you make a decision.

  • House for sale transport links – even if working from home is becoming more and more predominant, we suggest you check the transport links the house for sale has.

  • Number of bedrooms in the house for sale – are you looking for houses for sale for the whole family or are you single? Always think about how many bedrooms you need and if that number might change in the future

  • energy performance of the house for sale – What is the EPC of the house for sale? Today more than ever, is important that you check the EPC rating of the real estate assets available for sale on the market.

  • Internet speed in the area of the house for sale – it is important to remember that internet speed is a consequence of two factors: your plan and the infrastructure available in the area. Always check these parameters before looking for houses for sale. Especially if you are renting the property as this will impact your business costs. Whether that be in an excluded tenancy agreement or a more common, assured shorthold tenancy.

  • Does the house for sale have parking – if yes, is it on-street or is the house for sale equipped with a garage?

  • Houses for sale in conservation areas – always check the National Heritage list. If a house for sale is part of this list it means that it might be impossible for you to make changes to the property’s internal and external structure.

  • Houses for sale Conditions – some properties, like new builds, need no repairs or works; other houses listed for sale may need some investment to restore them and some others may need a complete renovation. Someone looking for houses for sale should always think about how much time and money they are willing to invest to complete the needed repairs.

Are there any important statistics about the population of Ash?

What’s crime like in Ash?

For the city of Ash, crime rate is at 55.5. So for every 1000 people in the area, 55.5 commit a crime which is prosecuted. Paying close attention to this figure of crime rate is not only important for the value of a house but also to calculate the maintenance cost of owning a house and how attractive an area can be for future buyers.

So, compare it to the nationwide average of 79.52 per 1000 people and consider if you are happy with this figure based on the price you’re paying for a house you’re interested in.

On top of this, houses that are in areas where there is a high crime rate tend to have to pay higher insurance rates, costing a homeowner in the long term.

Additionally, paying for further security on a house such as CCTV or potentially gates and fences that deter thieves may be necessary for an area with a high crime rate.

What salary does the community in Ash take home?

You may be wondering what the amount people earn has to do with house price. Well, house prices generally go up as people earn more not just because they can afford more valuable properties but also because good areas generally attract more desirable infrastructure. For reference, the average household income is £39,700.00.

This may be better schools, doctors and areas with lower crime rates. This results in a snowball effect which polarises different areas further, increasing the demand for housing in richer areas by a greater amount. And increasing the proportion of people with high social grade scores. For Ash this figure is 0.21.

In Ash, what are the deprivation levels like?

The deprivation levels of the UK can vary quite a bit. High deprivation levels signal a particular area has people who are struggling to make ends meet and pay for basic living expenses. For Ash, in particular, the deprivation levels are £0.

This figure can be contrasted with the deprivation levels of the UK of 33% to see if the levels are below or above average.

The city of Ash, situated in Somerset, is a particularly impressive part of the UK because of the specific demographics of the location.

In the below headings, the city of Ash and its demographics will be compared to its wider location (South West). 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 Ash. So, taking a good look at the data is essential to understand the area you are considering to buy in.

Is there sufficient green space in Ash?

In the city of Ash, there are 23 acres of green space per 1000 residents.

The charity, ‘Fields in Trusts’ recommends a minimum of 6 acres of green space per 1000 people so it is easy to see where Ash is when seeing if green space availability is sufficient. This green space could be parks, nature reserves, public gardens or playing fields.

In Ash, what is the social grade score?

In the city of Ash and throughout the UK, the social grade score is assessed by observing what type of jobs people have and then grouping this into a grading system.

In general, the people at the top of the scale (the A category) have the highest paid, most skilled jobs and this is just 4% of the general UK population. On the lower end of the scale, people who are on benefits, state pensions and also manual workers all are grouped into this category that represents the most unskilled.

When trying to determine if the area of Ash has an abundance of highly skilled workers, the top two categories are grouped together and given a percentage. This percentage is 0.21.

Below, you can see how this compares to the National average as the average for the top two categories nationwide is 27% (Adding together the A and B categories)

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

What is the population of Ash?

Population growth in Ash is important to know if there is housing demand and the total population may also be looked at as large populations commonly have a lot of buyer demand.

In Ash, 26405 people live in the city as their main place of residence.

It is important to note that it is not the case that everyone likes a large population to live in. People who tend to prefer a more relaxed life are more likely to buy or rent somewhere to live that has a small population and perhaps also wouldn’t mind if the population isn’t growing.

Other people also like to have a mix of both. Where they can visit rural areas and also benefit from the amenities of a busy city.

In Ash in the previous five years, have population numbers transformed?

Five years may seem like a long time but it is rare for a city to grow that much unless there is dramatic population growth. In Ash, this change has been 3%. Read more here

Someone who wishes to find out how this change has occurred over a longer period of time may also wish to read the headings below and see if the change has continued throughout the past decade too. Or if the change is only true for the more recent figure for five years of 3%. Click here to know more on the UK population trends.

Over the last decade, how has the population differed in Ash?

Populations change all the time but if there is a clear change in population in the last ten years this is even more reliable data about the population of the area as opposed to five. This adjustment in population works out to be 6% in Ash.

What this statistic is like in comparison to the population change in five years should provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what direction the population is heading in.

In recent years because of the pandemic, it is common to see dramatic differences in the population change in the last five years when comparing it to ten as people realise they can work from home but still keep the current jobs they have.

This means they can move to cities they wouldn’t have considered otherwise and be location-independent of their source of income. Perhaps making a longer commute into the office every week for example.

What is the education level like in Ash?

In the city of Ash, 27% of people have degrees. In general, as the number of people who are highly educated goes up, the more likely they are to have the ability to buy houses as their annual household income goes up too.

So you can see for yourself, the average income for the people of Ash is £39,700.00. This generally goes up with the education level of the area. Additionally, looking at the difference between the proportion of people with degrees and the UK average for this statistic (22.6%) should give you an idea of the affluence and education of the city.

A higher education level can therefore tell you if the house prices are likely to be high as the higher income level often results in people buying a bigger, more valuable house.

Having said this, whale education level can be a good factor to go by, there are also things like the rental yields, the population growth and social grades scores that can impact the value of a house and whether it will go up in value as time goes on.

houses for sale in other cities and regions in the UK

We have prepared a list of cities that are entirely dissimilar to the region of South West, perfect if you are looking for somewhere similar to Ash but want to relocate to a different region entirely. You should then be able to evaluate the different houses for sale listed in the region:

Alternatively, you can visit our webpage dedicated to houses for sale in the UK for a broader understanding, houses for sale in the UK.

In Ash, what do houses for sale tend to sell for?

For the city of Ash, the average price a house sells for is £250,089. This value usually depends on the exact location of the house within Ash as well as other factors like the population growth which is 6% over a ten-year period.

Housing category Total final sale price
Aerage sold price (detached) £348,084
Aerage sold price (semi-detached) £216,002
Aerage sold price (terraced) £187,372
Aerage sold price (flat) £115,079

The above table puts this figure into perspective as you can see the various average sale prices of a house for the specific type of house you’re most interested in. This comparison is important because the type of house you’re considering to buy may be more or less in demand based on variations in supply and demand in the city of Ash.

Housing category Sale price per square foot
Aerage sold price/sqft £2,500
Aerage sold price/sqft (new build) £2,555
Aerage sold price/sqft (old stock) £2,360

Generalising the bottom table, the average value per square foot of a house for sale is £2,500. This value averages all of the types of houses for sale in Ash. So, if you’re not sure what type of house you want specifically, you can still get an idea of the real estate market of Ash.
Bear in mind that if you are a landlord looking to buy a property to rent, you will also run into other expenses like letting agent fees and the cost of listing your property for sale on Rightmove in your city.

In Ash, what are the rental yields?

The figure of rental yield is commonly looked at by investors who wish to increase their income by investing in areas where rental yields of the houses for sale are higher. Usually, the higher the rental yield, the more attractive a house for sale is for an investor. This is why it is common for landlords to increase rent using section 13, to maximise this yield, as it is so important.

Nonetheless, there are also instances where an investor will go with a house with lower yields in order to benefit from the appreciation of a house too which is why it’s vital to look into all the details of Ash.

The data below shows the rental yield, rent turnover and the percentage of the money made on the sale of a house. The data is broken down into the county city is in (Somerset) as well as the broader region; South West.

Average Yield Average Asking rent Turnover (rental) Turnover (sale)
Ash £0 £783 £1 £0
Somerset 3.77% £1,174.60 138.81% 20.04%
South West 0.04 1,078.69 £1 17.35%

Also, you can compare other data to the table above such as the number of houses sold per month in Ash which is 12 and get a better understanding of the housing market.

This is great if you want to gauge if investors are actively looking for houses for sale in the area over other areas in the UK which may be an induction of how profitable Ash is to invest in. Both in terms of rental yield and capital appreciation.

Is the housing market in Ash growing?

Growth in the area can be a good signal of a booming house market. However, too much growth could also have negative consequences on the capital appreciation of a house as time goes on.

Take a look at the table below for Ash that shows the growth in recent years.

1 year 3 years 5 years
Ash growth rate 1% 25% 31%

High growth rates can signal an appreciating housing market, nonetheless, if there are too many houses being built, this could reduce demand for housing as the supply of houses for sale starts to catch up with the demand. Leading to stagnation or a decline in house pricing so understanding the growth in Ash is important.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a landlord, should you renovate a property in the city of Ash?

Every single month in Ash, there are 12 planning applications, of which nan result in a success. Look at this in terms of the population size of 26405 to work out if you think you’d have good planning success if you were to renovate.

How many property sales occur per month in Ash?

The city of Ash sees around 12 property transactions every month, while the nationwide figure for the whole of the United Kingdom stands at roughly 1.1 million property sales.

What is the population change each year in a city like Ash?

To work out how the population of Ash has changed over time, you can look at the population change over a decade which is 6% and the change in a five year period two which falls at 3%. Compare the two and look at the population growth or decline in recent times to really make sure you have a good understanding of the population

What is the asking price for houses for sale in the wider region of Ash?

The average asking price of a house in Ash is currently £0 based on the average price per square foot.

Is a house for sale in Ash an expensive choice?

Calculate if a property is on the pricier side by matching a listed house for sale against the mean selling prices. In Ash, this value is £250,089, compared to the UK’s average of £286,500.

Find an estate agent in the city of Ash

In order to buy a house in Ash you might need the service of an estate agent. To simplify the pain of looking for the nearest agent we have built a list of estate agents in your area, taking you straight to their website

Estate agent Contact number Address of agent Email
Stevens Estate Agents 441837334943 15 Charter Place, Okehampton, EX20 1HN Phone number only
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Miller Town & Country 441837334003 2 Jacob’s Pool House, 11 West Street, Okehampton, EX20 1HQ Phone number only
Godfrey, Short & Squire 441837334957 30 Fore Street, Okehampton, EX20 1HB Phone number only
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Donnell Bailey

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Donnell is a property expert focusing on the property market, he looks at a combination of legislation, information from property managers, letting agents and market trends to produce information to help landlords.

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