House prices increased by 0.8% – more than the average for Wales – in Flintshire in March, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 10.5% annual growth.

The average Flintshire house price in March was £203,354, Land Registry figures show – a 0.8% increase on February.

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Over the month, the picture was similar to that across Wales, where prices increased 0.4%, and Flintshire outperformed the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Flintshire rose by £19,000 – putting the area 19th among Wales’s 22 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

Winners and Losers

Owners of semi-detached houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Flintshire in March – they increased 0.9%, to £173,953 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 10%.

Among other types of property:

Detached: up 0.9% monthly; up 12.5% annually; £290,024 average

Terraced: up 0.5% monthly; up 8.3% annually; £141,261 average

Flats: up 0.2% monthly; up 4.3% annually; £95,902 average

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Flintshire spent an average of £170,000 on their property – £16,000 more than a year ago, and £38,000 more than in March 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £229,000 on average in March – 34.6% more than first-time buyers.

How do property prices in Flintshire compare?

Buyers paid 1.5% less than the average price in Wales (£206,000) in March for a property in Flintshire. Across Wales, property prices are roughly the same as those across the UK, where the average cost £278,000.

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The most expensive properties in Wales were in Monmouthshire – £342,000 on average, and 1.7 times as much as more than in Flintshire. Monmouthshire properties cost 2.7 times as much as homes in Blaenau Gwent (£126,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

Average property price in March

Flintshire: £203,354

Wales: £206,395

UK: £278,436

Annual growth to March

Flintshire: +10.5%

Wales: +11.7%

UK: +9.8%