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Insider Tips From Brighton Estate Agents

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
11th October 2017

Let us let you in on a little secret… Everyone wants to live in Brighton, and here at Compare My Move, we are no exception. AHHH the beaches, the festivals, the shopping, the chips! And snuggled up close and personal with Brighton is twin sister Hove, every bit as beautiful and every bit as desirable a place to live. 

If you are considering moving to Brighton and Hove then listen up. Compare My Move have spoken to property expert and Brighton Based Estate Agent Georgia Nailard from Sawyer & Co (Award-Winning Best Estate Agency in Hove in the Best Estate Agents Guide 2018).

We asked Georgia for some pointers and expert advice on buying or renting in the Brighton and Hove areas.

“Whether you’re looking to buy or rent in Brighton and Hove there’re so many different areas with their own personalities and characters to choose from”

– Georgia Nailard – Sawyer & Co

We asked Georgia a few questions to help us understand the property market in Brighton and Hove:

Where are the best Areas to Buy?

"When it comes to buying in the area, my personal favourite is Seven Dials. It’s so close to everywhere including Brighton Station so it’s great for commuters, and it has a wonderful community feel with unique independent shops.

Around the Dials there’s a vast array of different types of property with everything from classic period houses to modern purpose-built homes, so there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a handy place to be for so many reasons including socialising, relaxing and commuting".

Average cost of buying a house in Brighton and Hove

Now you know the best area to buy, what about the cost? We’ve looked at the latest housing figures available to find the average house prices in the Brighton and Hove area, compared them to the UK Average, and compared them to annual incomes in the area, so you can form a baseline idea of what to expect.

*Average house prices taken from the latest House Price Index released by the Office for National Statistics for July 2017.
**Median annual income of £29,100 based on calculations by Brighton and Hove Council in 2015.
HouseAverage Cost (July 2017)*Monthly ChangeAnnual ChangeTimes Median Annual Income**Increase From UK Average*

Average House

£362,405

1.67%

4.95%

12x

60%

Detached

£649,942

0.83%

4.24%

22x

91%

Semi-Detached

£422,625

1.17%

4.29%

15x

100%

Terraced

£384,609

1.76%

3.85%

13x

110%

Flat

£279,884

1.26%

1.49%

10x

35%

Where are the best Areas to Rent?

"If you’re looking to rent a property, there’s such a wide choice of areas, I really couldn’t narrow it down to only one. For commuters, around the Hove station area in places such as Goldstone Villa’s, The Drive or Newtown Road is ideal, or for the person who has moved down from London looking for a slice of coastal life, somewhere along Kingsway directly opposite the seafront is the perfect location. 

Kemp Town is also a favourite of mine, I love the community spirit there. So, for those who are looking to be central but slightly out of the hustle and bustle, Kemp Town would definitely be the place for them".

Average cost of renting in Brighton and Hove

To keep you fully informed, we’ve put together some of the latest housing figures to demonstrate the average costs of renting in the Brighton and Hove area. From single rooms to 4 bed houses, this will give you a broad idea of the expected costs involve with renting in the area, and what kind of proportion of annual pay will have to go towards these costs.

*Costs based on latest analysis of rent data by Right Move, which highlights the average renting costs in Brighton and Hove for the second quarter of 2017 (April-June).
**Median monthly pay based on a median annual income of £29,100 in 2015 calculated by Brighton and Hove City Council.
SizeAverage Monthly Rent*Annual Increase (vs 2016)% of Median Monthly Pay**

2 Bed House

£1,329

2.2%

55%

3 Bed House

£1,508

1.1%

62%

4 Bed House

£2,049

11.5%

85%

House-share Room

£535

-0.6%

22%

Studio Flat

£718

6.7%

30%

1 Bed Flat

£944

2.7%

39%

2 Bed Flat

£1,298

3.1%

54%

Are there any ‘up and coming’ areas?

"Within easy reach of Brighton and Hove, Portslade is an up and coming area at the moment with plenty of regeneration going on and companies such as the ever-popular Small Batch Coffee Roasters opening new outlets there. 

Stylish new builds such as Panorama House that Sawyer & Co have sold have appeared in the last couple of years appealing to perhaps a younger and more contemporary demographic, whilst at the same time you also have Portslade Village offering a wealth of history and attractive period properties. 

Along with other towns such as Shoreham, Portslade has a lot to offer with its easy access to central Brighton and Hove. At the moment, you do get a lot more for your money there but I don’t think it will be long before Portslade prices are competing with central Hove!"

What makes the Housing Market in Brighton Unique?

"With stunning architecture dating back to the 17th century, the seaside and lots of train stations (Hove, Brighton, Portslade) providing direct access to centre of London, there are so many things that make the housing market in Brighton and Hove unique, as well as Devil’s Dyke which I love taking my dog up to with its breath-taking views and landscape! 

If you are looking for a home in Brighton then be sure to check out what Georgia at Sawyer & Co has to offer and check out Compare My Move’s Ultimate Guide on Moving to Brighton."

So there you have it… That is what the experts have to say about Brighton and Hove. If you are Moving to Brighton then check out Compare My Move's Removal Companies In Brighton and Compare the Cost.

Last updated on Friday 10th November 2017

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