Housing Market Information

Information is provided here on the local housing market in the former Macclesfield Borough (May 2008)

The requirement to determine Three Local Core Housing Market Indicators arises from Communities and Local Government Advice Note – May 2007. The indicators that focus on the local active market are deemed to be:

  • affordability
  • growth in house prices
  • low demand

Update: October 2010

Affordability

Affordability is considered by comparing lower quartile earnings to lower quartile house prices. The emphasis is on assessing affordability for those on lower incomes (the lowest 25 per cent of earnings), including young households and first time buyers. The affordability ratio for the former Macclesfield Borough is currently 10.8 Q4 2007 (9.98 - 2006) compared with 9.35 for Congleton and 8.91 for Crewe & Nantwich.

Note: a ratio of 6.0 and above indicates major affordability problems.

Growth in house pricesMedian House Prices

House prices are an expression of the relationship between housing supply and demand. If demand exceeds supply prices will generally rise. Over the last 11 years house prices in the former Borough have consistently increased shown by a median price of £74,000 in 1996 rising to a median price of £220,000 AT Q4 2007 (£195,000 – 2006).

Low demand

Low demand occurs where housing is difficult to let or sell because there are not enough households in the area looking for a home (insufficient demand). The accepted measure of low demand is where the lowest 15 percentile of sale prices is less than 70% of the lowest 15 percentile of sale prices in England. Since 1996 sale prices in the former Macclesfield Borough have always been greater than England as a whole.

Data

The data sources used to produce these figures mat be accessed as follows: