Blakedown – What to look for in houses for sale?

by | Nov 15, 2022

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Sometimes, working out the prices of the houses for sale can be tricky business. This is why we created this article all about the price of houses for sale in Blakedown, Worcestershire.

From the average asking price of houses for sale in Blakedown to the growth of the population in the area, all will be talked about regarding the city of Blakedown. So you will get better clued up on the area, and make finding a house for sale in the UK easier.

What are the people like in Blakedown?

Do the people of Blakedown get to enjoy green space?

In the city of Blakedown, there are 10.1 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 Blakedown is when seeing if green space availability is sufficient. This green space could be parks, nature reserves, public gardens or playing fields.

Blakedown in the county of Worcestershire is notable for its specific demographics and has individual characteristics.

For localised cities and the bigger areas of the UK there are wide variations in the demographics that shape an area so the same is also true for the wider region Blakedown is located in; West Midlands.

Below, these demographics are talked about in headings that explain how the city has grown, what the education levels are like in Blakedown, what the social grade score of the city is like and if the green space matches the recommended levels people living in the UK should have.

In Blakedown, what is the social grade score?

Most of the time, the social grade score of a city is what it takes to determine what the economic levels are like as this score refers to what type of jobs the people of the area generally work as. So, from highly skilled, managerial roles, to the manual labour workers of the UK, how does Blakedown compare?

At the highest end of the scale (A) jobs that are managerial administrative or professional are all lumped into this category. On the other hand, there is the lowest grade (E) where workers who are on benefits, state pensions or work casual jobs fall into.

In Blakedown, the percentage of people who work in the two highest skilled categories of this scale (A and B) is 20%.

So you can compare this data, here is the estimated grouping of the social grades of the UK for the general population. Adding the two highest categories of A and B and comparing this percentage to the high social grade score which combines A and B should give you a good comparison.

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 does the population of Blakedown look like?

Population growth in Blakedown 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 Blakedown, 35,493 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 Blakedown 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 Blakedown, this change has been 2%. 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 2%. Click here to know more on the UK population trends.

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

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 3% in Blakedown.

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.

Are the people of Blakedown deprived?

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 Blakedown is 24% 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.

In general, do people commit a lot of crime in Blakedown?

For the city of Blakedown, crime rate is at 133. So for every 1000 people in the area, 133 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.

Are the people in Blakedown earning a lot?

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 £39,800.

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 Blakedown this figure is 20%.

How educated are the people in Blakedown?

The number of people as a percentage who have been through university and gained a degree is 23%. The ability to buy a home is greatly influenced by the number of people who have degrees. £39,800 is the amount people in Blakedown are earning.

As you can tell, this figure along with the number of people who have degrees roughly correlate. For reference, the percentage of people who have degrees in the UK is 22.6% and the average household income is.

As a general rule, the bigger the difference between this 22.6% figure and the percentage of people with a degree in Blakedown, the bigger the difference in the ability to earn and hence buy a house. A higher number of degrees will increase the potential for people to earn and hence the buying power of the population. This will also push up the price of houses in the area.

Nonetheless, making accurate estimates for the appreciation of homes must be done with other pieces of data in mind such as the rental yields or perhaps the crime rate of the area to name some examples.

What is the final sale price of a house in Blakedown?

There are a lot of factors that impact the final sale price a house for sale sells for in the UK and in Blakedown. In Blakedown, this sale price works out to be £196,310. As an example, a factor like population growth over the last 10 years which works out to be 3% in Blakedown and impacts house prices of the houses for sale.

Housing category Total final sale price
Average sold price (detached) £286,319
Average sold price (semi-detached) £189,959
Average sold price (terraced) £144,181
Average sold price (flat) £88,409

Above, the exact type of house is also shown to vary in price in a table in Blakedown. 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 £2,140
Average sold price/sqft (new build) £2,710
Average sold price/sqft (old stock) £2,020

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 Blakedown which is £2,310. 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.

What is the asking price on average of houses for sale in Blakedown?

Table showing the asking prices for houses for sale in Blakedown

Average asking price (1 bed) no relevant data for this city
Average asking price (2 bed) £194,714
Average asking price (3 bed) £266,950
Average asking price (4 bed) £373,656
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 £2,490. 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 Blakedown has a lack of supply of housing in certain categories.

When investors make offers for houses for sale in Blakedown, the average price asked by the homeowners works out to be £271,843.

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 Blakedown 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.

What’s the rental yield in general for the city of Blakedown?

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 Blakedown, the below table demonstrates this well. To make things simple, it compares these numbers to the wider region of the UK; West Midlands. As well as Worcestershire, to give a smaller scale area to compare the data to.

Average Yield Average Asking rent Turnover (rental) Turnover (sale)
Blakedown 3.0% £687 98% 16.0%
Worcestershire 3.45% £801 117.17% 22.20%
West Midlands 3.89% £877 119.29% 20.00%

Assuming that in the future you want to re-sell the house you will eventually purchased in Blakedown you might be interested in the number of sales per month (26) that happen in the local housing market. Comparing this figure for Blakedown with the above table gives you a good understanding of the profitability of the area.

What is the growth in the housing market of Blakedown?

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 Blakedown that shows the growth in recent years.

1 year 3 years 5 years
Blakedown growth rate 4% 29% 38%

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 Blakedown is important.