House prices dip in Rotherham

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House prices in Rotherham have dropped more than anywhere else in the country, according to a leading property website.

While home owners across the UK saw value of their properties climb by nearly £7,000 during the first half of 2015, Zoopla has compiled a list of the worst performing areas, with Rotherham at the top.

It claims that on average property prices have dipped by £2,752 - 2.1 per cent - over the last six months.

Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Bradford are also listed among the worst performers.

Zoopla claims that nationally the average property is now worth £270,674.

Edinburgh has been named as the best-performing city for house price growth this year so far, with the average home having added £20,465 to its value in the last six months.

In Colchester, average property values have increased by £19,088 over the last six months, while in Aberdeen they have increased by £15,416, in Warrington they have lifted by £8,305 and in Hull they have seen an upswing of £6,175.

In London, values have increased by £14,385 - 2.5 per cent - over the last six months, pushing the average property value there to £599,162.

Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall said: “The strong regional figures across the board indicate an economy which is returning to health, with a series of Government incentives designed to encourage home-buying helping to boost demand for property in all parts of Britain.”