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Revealed: The most affordable places in the UK to buy homes

Buying property now costs less than renting in more than half of UK cities - and the biggest savings are in Doncaster, Hull, Bradford and Glasgow.

Doncaster, Hull, Bradford and Glasgow have been named in a new report as the top four cheapest areas in the UK to purchase a house, with mortgage repayments totalling as little as £520 per month for a two bedroom house in Glasgow in comparison to £729 average rent per month.

Property in Hull

Last year most property sales in Hull involved terraced properties which sold for on average £92,392, but with larger detached properties in the areas fetching an average of £189,938, the average price of home in Hull stands at £110,764, according to official data.

Property in Bradford

The majority of sales in Bradford during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £93,603. But with semi-detached properties selling for an average of £120,085, and detached properties being snapped up at an average of £212,231, the overall average price in Bradford is £118,302.

Property in Doncaster

Most of the sales in Doncaster over the past year were semi-detached properties which on average sold for £119,111, which is more than the average of £91,780 achieved for terraced properties, but less than the £209,673 achieved, on average, for detached properties. Overall, the average price of home in Doncaster is £134,517.

Property in Glasgow

You can pick up some real bargains for significantly less than the overall average price of £154,053 in Glasgow.

Buy Vs rent  

Using property website Zoopla’s API, housebuilder Strata Homes has calculated the average sale price of two bedroom properties in the UK and worked out the typical average monthly mortgage repayments in contrast with average monthly rental fees of two bedroom properties around the UK. The study reveals that monthly mortgage repayments works out cheaper than renting in over half of UK cities.  

The data analysis by Strata Homes shows that to rent a two bedroom house in Manchester would cost an average of £762 a month, but to buy would mean homeowners are only paying an average monthly mortgage repayment of £676, saving £86 per month.

To live in the second city, Birmingham residents would only be paying a £2 difference to own a home over renting per month. In Peterborough, a first time buyer using the Help to Buy scheme scheme would actually save £244 a month paying off a standard mortgage on a new build house than renting one.

Gemma Smith, sales director at Strata Homes, said: “Once you get over the initial deposit sum, people are surprised at how much you can save in some areas of the UK than to rent. Thanks to the Help to Buy scheme, it is easier than ever to get onto the property ladder with over 3,000 accounts opened so far this year.”

Top Cities buying is cheaper than renting  

Peterborough (+£244pcm)

Glasgow (£+209pcm)

Coventry (£+106pcm)

Manchester (£+86pcm)

Leeds (£+67pcm)

Newcastle  (£+59)

Stoke on Trent  (£+53pcm)

Hull (£+51pcm)

Doncaster  (£+47pcm)

Liverpool (£+43pcm)

Derby  (£+32pcm)

Sheffield  (£+32pcm)

Bradford  (£+28pcm)

Nottingham  (£+6pcm)

Top cities renting is cheaper than buying

From the research gathered, southern cities such as London, Brighton, Bristol and Swansea were least cost effective when buying a house due to sky high house prices.

Birmingham (-£2pcm)

Cardiff (-£14pcm)

Wakefield (-£25pcm)

Edinburgh (-£26pcm)

Leicester(-£26pcm)

York (-£35pcm)

Plymouth (-£44pcm)

Southampton (-£69pcm)

Portsmouth (-£87pcm)

Swansea (-£101pcm)

Bristol (-£164pcm)

Brighton (-£430pcm)

London (-£1,690pcm)

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