Expert Tips from Birmingham Estate Agents

Expert Tips from Birmingham Estate Agents

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
2nd November 2017

Are you planning a house move in Birmingham? Compare My Move have been chatting to leading independent sales and letting agent Maguire Jackson to get the lowdown on the housing market in Birmingham.

If you are moving within Birmingham or planning on relocating to Birmingham then it's worth reading some insider knowledge from experts experts in residential and commercial property.

We spoke to Director Philip Jackson to get his thoughts on where to live in Birmingham. This is what Philip had to say.

“For those already living here, you already know what a great City Birmingham is!” – Philip Jackson - Maguire Jackson

The best area in Birmingham to buy a house

If you're looking purchase a house in Birmingham, it's well worth knowing the best areas to buy. The area and the quality of the build are of course vital considerations when choosing where to live. 

With this in mind, Harborne, Moseley and the Jewellery Quarter come out on top as the best areas in Birmingham. 

Philip explained: “Because Birmingham is such a big City there are several areas which can be strongly recommended. Clearly where you work or what Schools your children attend will always be factors but for me, I always look at the quality of the local housing stock plus the vibrancy of the neighbourhood. 

"I think the two neighbourhoods of Harborne & Moseley continue to excite me alongside the Jewellery Quarter in the City core.”

Find below a table of average house prices in these top areas:

*Current average found in Zoopla-zed Index in November **Averages found from current Zoopla housing stock in area ***B3 postal code
AreaAverage Cost*1 Bed**2 Bed**3 Bed**4 Bed**5 Bed**

Harborne

£345,412

170,244

214,288

£329,743

£506,667

£566,667

Moseley

£281,882

£101,646

£208,419

£254,064

£440,206

£549,982

Jewellery Quarter***

£199,059

£161,726

£316,920

£793,000

875,000

N/A

The best area to rent in Birmingham

Looking to rent in Birmingham? Well, good news as there is something for everyone around the city. The cost of renting ranges across Birmingham, so once you know your budget you can shop around across every area.

Philip said: “Fortunately, we live in a City with a wide band of rental prices so you can choose if you have the budget. From luxury apartments in the City centre at £3000pm or more to studio flats in Aston at £350pm.

"Is there a better area to rent as a tenant? The answer is probably no."

How the city is changing

With cranes on the skyline, Birmingham is clearly building again, so it's worth knowing which areas will see development in the next few years. With new builds across Birmingham suburbs, and a surge in the Gun Quarter and city city centre, and with changes on the cards in Edgbaston, now is a great time to look at moving to Birmingham.

Plus, with surges in key jobs in the area thanks to expanding companies, Birmingham is truly a city of growth.

Philip explained: “Firstly, everyone can see, because of the number of cranes now on the skyline, that Birmingham is starting to build again. We are seeing a push both towards the Gun Quarter & Digbeth in the City Centre, a push soon to start happening on the Ladywood /Edgbaston border with new build happening along the canal plus new build happening on many smaller sites that have sat empty in recent years across all of Birmingham suburbs.

“Without a doubt, Birmingham is getting busier, being helped by several large relocations as several key companies such as HSBC who will soon be moving staff, HMRC who have announced they’ll soon be taking City Centre offices for 3,500 people plus PWC and similar firms are boosting their staff numbers.”

The reasons for moving to Birmingham

And what about the reasons for moving to Birmingham, and why is now a good time to do it? Well, as Philip explains, houses are still great value, and there's a renaissance going on in the city's core. 

Add to this the planned HS2 fast train project, linking Birmingham with the capital in less than 50 minutes, now is the time to move to Birmingham as it grows.

Philip said: “Birmingham sits in a glorious central position in the UK. The HS2 fast train happening in ten years’ time linking the Capital in less than fifty minutes can only help the city further. The housing industry is still, in UK terms, very good value and the renaissance of the City Core now happening is retaining graduates leaving the city’s Universities and encouraging outsiders to come in, start new businesses and put down roots.”


Compare My Move in Birmingham

Looking for some more information on your big move to Birmingham? We've got all you could ever need with our Ultimate Guide to Moving to Birmingham. Plus, check out our article on the top 5 secondary schools in Birmingham, which covers the areas to live to be within the top school catchment areas, and even explores house prices in these areas.

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